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President King and Councilwoman Welch sponsor ordinance requiring nutrition information on menus in local restaurants

Wednesday July 18, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/

Louisville – The sandwich highlighted on the menu board may tell what’s on the sandwich but not what’s in it. The menu may tell you the cost of the entrée but is it easy to find out the nutritional value of what you are about to eat at a local restaurant?

Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) and Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) would like to make it easier for patrons of local restaurants to make informed decisions about the calories or fat grams included in any food they may plan to order. They are the primary sponsors of an ordinance to make more nutritional information readily available.

“If a restaurant is already providing caloric and nutritional information on the internet, this law requires that the same information be placed on a menu or menu board in the restaurant,” says King. “Everyone should be able to clearly see this information before they place an order.”

“It’s proven that when people make informed decisions about their food choices, they are more likely to eat healthy,” says Welch.

The proposed ordinance reads:

“All Food Service Establishments located and operating within the boundaries of Louisville Metro, who have caloric and other nutrition information available on the Internet or through other communication mediums, are required to post such information on their menus and/or on a menu board located and easily visible within the establishment.”

The Metro Council’s Committee on Health, Education and Housing will review the ordinance at its meeting on Wednesday, July 18th at 2:30pm.

“There are some restaurants already providing this information and we believe this ordinance will go a long way to encourage other restaurants and eateries to follow suit,” says King.

To read the ordinance, go to: http://agendas.louisvilleky.gov/SIREPub/cache/2/kimjtwy03y3keg45brn4qu45/68358307162012093537633.PDF.