Legal and public health considerations affecting the success, reach, and impact of menu-labeling laws

Jennifer L. Pomeranz, Kelly D. Brownell

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Abstract

Because the rate of consumption of away-from-home meals has increased dramatically, the distinction between requiring nutrition information for packaged but not restaurant products is no longer reasonable. Public health necessitates that nutrition labels must be included with restaurant menus as a strategy to educate consumers and address the escalation of obesity.Menu- labeling laws are being considered at the local, state, and federal levels, but the restaurant industry opposes such action. We discuss the public health rationale and set forth the government's legal authority for the enactment of menu-labeling laws. We further aim to educate the public health community of the potential legal challenges to such laws, and we set forth methods for governments to survive these challenges by drafting laws according to current legal standards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1578-1583
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume98
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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