H.R. 1249: Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013

Mar 19, 2013
Referred to Committee
2% chance of being enacted
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S. 1756 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Nov 21, 2013

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Representative for Washington's 5th congressional district
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Mar 19, 2013
6 pages
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S. 1756 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Nov 21, 2013


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Introduced Mar 19, 2013
Referred to Committee Mar 19, 2013
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11% chance of getting past committee.
2% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

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.


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73 cosponsors (64R, 9D) (show)

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Library of Congress Summary

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Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013 - Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise the nutritional information that restaurants and retail food establishments must disclose.
Requires the nutrient content disclosure statement on the menu or menu board to include:
(1) the number of calories contained in the whole product;
(2) the number of servings and number of calories per serving; or
(3) 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.
Permits such information to be provided by a remote-access menu, such as through the internet, for food establishments where the majority of orders are placed by customers who are off-premises at the time the order is placed.
Defines “reasonable basis” for a restaurant or similar food establishment’s nutrient content disclosures to mean that the nutrient disclosure is within acceptable allowances for variation in nutrient content, which include variations in serving size or ingredients, and inadvertent human error in formulation of menu items.
Sets forth the methods a restaurant or similar food establishment may use to determine nutritional content for disclosure, including ranges, averages, individual labeling of flavors or components, or labeling of one preset standard build (i.e., the finished version of a menu item most commonly ordered by consumers).
Applies the nutritional disclosure requirements to retail food establishments that derive more than 50% of their total revenue from the sale of food.

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