National Restaurant Association Praises Governor Schwarzenegger for Vetoing Menu Labeling Bill

California Governor says “No” to statewide mandated menu labeling

Washington, DC – The National Restaurant Association today praised California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for his veto of SB 120, a bill passed by the state legislature last month requiring menu labeling throughout California’s restaurants.  The following is a statement from Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association:
“By vetoing this legislation, Governor Schwarzenegger shows an understanding that this bill would have placed unrealistic mandates on restaurateurs.  The ordering, preparation and delivery process for restaurant food is uniquely different than purchasing packaged foods in a grocery store and therefore a one-size-fits-all mandate is not the answer.”
“Many restaurants already provide nutritional information to their customers through the use of brochures, posters, kiosks, packaging, tray liners, and the Internet.  Restaurants should have the flexibility they need to continue to most effectively provide nutrition information to their customers.”
“Today, nearly three in four Americans say they try to eat more healthfully at restaurants than they did two years ago.  Mandated menu labeling is not the right course of action to solve the nation’s obesity problem.  Restaurants are only part of the equation when it comes to healthy lifestyle choices.  Good nutrition, education, personal responsibility and choice go hand-in-hand.”