H.R. 6174 (112th): Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2012

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Jul 24, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6174

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 24, 2012

(for himself, Mr. Ross of Arkansas, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Mr. Barrow, Mr. Ribble, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Cuellar, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Long, Mr. Hinojosa, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Barton of Texas, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Luetkemeyer, Mr. Walberg, Mr. Scott of South Carolina, Mr. Latta, Mr. Diaz-Balart, and Mr. Huizenga of Michigan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend section 403 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve and clarify certain disclosure requirements for restaurants, similar retail food establishments, and vending machines.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2012.

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Amending certain disclosure requirements for restaurants, similar retail food establishments, and vending machines

Section 403(q)(5)(H) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 343(q)(5)(H)) is amended—

(1)

in subclause (ii)—

(A)

in item (I)(aa) by striking the number of calories contained in the standard menu item, as usually prepared and offered for sale and inserting the number of calories contained in the whole product, or the number of servings and number of calories per serving, or the number of calories per the common unit division of the product, such as for a multi-serving item that is typically divided before presentation to the consumer;

(B)

in item (II)(aa), by striking the number of calories contained in the standard menu item, as usually prepared and offered for sale and inserting the number of calories contained in the whole product, or the number of servings and number of calories per serving, or the number of calories per the common unit division of the product, such as for a multi-serving item that is typically divided before presentation to the consumer; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following flush text:

In the case of restaurants or similar retail food establishments where the majority of orders are placed by customers who are off-premises at the time such order is placed, the information required to be disclosed under this subclause may be provided by a remote-access menu, such as one available on the internet, instead of an on-premises menu.

;

(2)

in subclause (iv)—

(A)

by striking For the purposes of this clause,, inserting the following (and indenting the text that follows appropriately):

(I)

In general

For the purposes of this clause,

;

(B)

by striking and other reasonable means and inserting or other reasonable means; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following:

(II)

Reasonable basis defined

For purposes of this subclause, with respect to a nutrient disclosure, the term reasonable basis means that the nutrient disclosure is within acceptable allowances for variation in nutrient content. Such acceptable allowances shall include allowances for variation in serving size, inadvertent human error in formulation of menu items, and variations in ingredients.

;

(3)

in subclause (v)—

(A)

by inserting contained in the whole product, or the number of servings and information per serving, or the common unit division of the product, such as for a multi-serving item that is typically divided before presentation to the consumer, before that come in different flavors, varieties, or combinations,;

(B)

by striking , through means determined by the Secretary, including ranges, averages, or other methods; and

(C)

by adding at the end, after the period, the following: A restaurant or similar retail food establishment may determine and disclosure such content by using any of the following methods: ranges, averages, individual labeling of flavors or components; or labeling of one preset standard build. In addition to such methods, the Secretary may allow the use of other methods, to be determined by the Secretary, for which there is a reasonable basis (as such term is used in subclause (iv)).; and

(4)

in subclause (xi)—

(A)

in the heading, by striking Definition and inserting Definitions;

(B)

by striking clause, the term menu and inserting the following (and indenting the text that follows appropriately):

clause:

(I)

Menu; Menu board

The term menu

; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following:

(II)

Preset standard build

The term preset standard build means the finished version of a menu item most commonly ordered by consumers.

(III)

Restaurant or similar retail food establishment

The term restaurant or similar retail food establishment means a retail food establishment that derives more than 50 percent of its total revenue from the sale of food of the type described in subclause (i) or (ii) of clause (A).

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