Wednesday, March 4, 2009

You are what you eat

The House Finance Committee today passed HB1526 HD2, which requires franchise retail food establishments to include nutritional information on their menus and menu boards. State Representative John M. Mizuno, Chair of the Committee on Human Services, introduced the bill.

"I'd like the people of Hawaii to be empowered by reliable, accessible nutritional information at the point of purchase that will help them make better informed, healthier choices," said Rep. Mizuno.

In 2008, California became the first state in the nation to require calorie information on menus and indoor menu boards.

HB1526, HD2, will require franchise retail food establishments to include on all standard menu items nutritional information such as calories, saturated fat, carbohydrates, and sodium.

Rep. Mizuno worked with the Hawaii Restaurant Association to craft language for this bill. "Victor Lim, the Chair of the Association has been outstanding in his support to move this measure forward," he said.

"I know many people who cope with high blood pressure are diabetic or may be overweight, added Rep. Mizuno."I truly believe they will benefit from the calorie, fats, carbohydrates, and sodium information posted on menus and indoor menu boards."

HB1526, HD2, will now be placed for a House floor vote, most likely on Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

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