Just The Facts, In Exhaustive Detail

Above: Medium McDonald’s French fries

This should be fun: Thursday’s San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Rules Committee will kick around a Tom Ammiano proposition to force chain restaurants to list nutrition information on their menus here in San Francisco.

According to the agenda for Thursday’s meeting, the proposed ordinance would,

(1) require chain restaurants to provide, per standard menu item, the total number of calories on menu boards and food tags, and the total amount of calories, saturated fat, carbohydrates and sodium on menus; and (2) revise existing requirements for providing nutritional information on alternative disclosure media.

Both the San Francisco Chronicle and Eater SF characterize the pro-health, anti-chain move as politically safe, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t at least a modicum of controversy. Namely, why would the law only apply to chain restaurants?

From the Chronicle:

Fairness arguments do not always carry the day at City Hall, but it must be noted that Chevys customers will be staring at the waistline impact of ordering grilled steak tacos (972 calories, 16 fat grams, 2,040 milligrams of sodium) while patrons at the vast majority of San Francisco’s restaurants will continue to consume fat-richened, salt-laden dishes in ignorant bliss.

The question hasn’t been adequately answered, but Ammiano told the Chronicle that he’d like to meet with restaurant owners to “come up with a proposal that can ‘avoid a big brouhaha.’”

No word yet as to whether that meeting has taken place. Sunday’s story indicated that it hadn’t. The hearing starts at 10 a.m. Thursday in room 263 of City Hall.

What’s not on the menu [SF Chronicle]
IndustryWire: Calorie Counting Comes to Town [Eater SF]
Rules Committee Agenda [SF Gov]


Just The Facts, In Exhaustive Detail