A bit off-topic, but my favorite part of the insurance reform bill that I’ve actually read is a little-discussed section expanding calorie count information for chain restaurants (of twenty locations or more)and vending machines. At least I can understand it, and I suspect it will be helpful for many people who are trying to maintain a healthy weight. And I bet restaurants will begin offering lighter fare.
Marion Nestle blogged about it at Food Politics, but I thought my readers would like chapter and verse, as it were.
Section 2572 of the Affordable Health Care for America Act is sub-hed-ed “Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items at Chain Restaurants and of Articles of Food Sold from Vending Machines.” (Disclosure: OpenCongress.org, the source of the act linked, is a project of the Participatory Politics Foundation and my employer, the Sunlight Foundation.)
The change is to Title 21, chapter 9, subchapter IV, Â§ 343 (q)(5)(A)
(Cornell Universisty Law School site for the U.S. Code)
I’m glad to see this coming. (And so much for some profound thought.) But who’s lobbyist missed this provision?