Prince George’s Tables Sodium Labels For Restaurant Menus

Legislation being considered by the Prince George’s County Council to require some restaurants to post sodium content on menus and menu boards has been placed on hold after some organizations have expressed opposition.  As reported by the Washington Post:

Prince George’s Council member Eric Olson (D-College Park) is getting a cool reception for his bill from the restaurant industry and the administration of County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D). His measure would require large chains to add sodium content to menus and menu boards, next to calorie information.

By insisting on posting sodium information so prominently, Olson’s bill goes beyond the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act, which compels restaurants with 20 or more sites across the country to post calorie information on menus and menu boards. Other information can be supplied in a separate brochure. The county would have to seek permission from the federal government to require that sodium content also be displayed on menus and menu boards.

Philadelphia is the only jurisdiction in the country to currently require sodium content be posted on menus and menu boards.  It is likely that the Prince George’s Council will take this issue up again in January.

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