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UPDATE! The FDA has extended the deadline for public comments. Go here to comment by Aug. 2, 2017!
The FDA recently delayed menu labeling in restaurants by a year, and may weaken how calories are labeled, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
You have a limited time—until July 3, 2017—to oppose this year-long delay.
Here’s how to submit a public comment right now:
1. Copy the model comment below. This comment was adapted from CSPI by Salud America!, a national nonprofit at UT Health San Antonio that aims to promote a healthy weight for Latino children.
For the health of Latino and all families, I strongly support immediate implementation of menu labeling in chain restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, movie theaters, and other food establishments. Latino families in particular face less access to healthy food options and struggle with higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and certain diseases than non-Latinos, according to research by Salud America!. Menu labeling can help these families make healthier eating choices through clear, easy-to-use nutrition information at the point of ordering. I oppose any delay or weakening of the menu labeling rules and urge the FDA to revoke the one-year delay for compliance.
2. Go here and paste the model comment (you can also tweak it further).
Why is this important?
Right now, Latinos tend to live in neighborhoods with lots of fast food but few supermarkets and other sources of healthy, affordable foods, according to a recent research review by Salud America!.
Menu labeling can increase the opportunity to help Latino families make healthy choices in their communities.
These families need your help.
As of June 18, 2017, FDA had received 590 public comments on its menu labeling delay. You can help increase the number of comments and help Latino families!