Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Left Coast Moves to PA

From our friends at the American Diabetes Association we learn the following:

'Menu Labeling Law Passed in Philadelphia'
"On November 6th, the Philadelphia City Council passed an ordinance which will provide customers with easy-to-find, easy-to-read nutrition information (such as calories and carbohydrates) on menus and menu boards of chain restaurants in Philadelphia, PA. This new law, which will take effect January 2010, is a huge win both for people with diabetes and those at risk for developing diabetes. Philadelphia’s menu labeling law is the strongest in the country, and ADA hopes other cities will follow Philadelphia’s example."

While we recognize diabetes as a dread disease, we also think that the mentality of requiring private businesses to provide such information is just plain wrong. No doubt this follows the California left coast mentality supported by RINOs like Governor Schwarzenegger, but the fact is that folks are responsible for their own lives and those who choose to ignore their health and eat junk food will continue to do so despite what is posted on the menu board. And why doesn't the same law apply to non-chain restaurants?

One might suspect that those who eat regularly at chain restaurants are less educated than those who don't. Maybe, the bureaucrats should pass a law that requires proof of completion of a certain education level or proof of IQ should be next?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just to clarify NYC was actually before CA, so it was the West Coast that followed the East.

And menu labeling isn't about telling people what to eat or that fast-food-customers are less intelligent than others. It is just about providing information -- the same information that is on your packaged foods. If you want to pay attention to it, great. If you don't, that's your call.