An Act To Increase Access to Nutrition Information
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §2491, sub-§2-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §2491, sub-§7-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. 22 MRSA §2491, sub-§7-B is enacted to read:
Sec. 4. 22 MRSA §2491, sub-§7-C is enacted to read:
Sec. 5. 22 MRSA §2491, sub-§7-D is enacted to read:
Sec. 6. 22 MRSA §2500-A is enacted to read:
§ 2500-A. Menu labeling for chain restaurants
Information required by this subsection must be based upon scientific methods, and the information must be expressed in a manner consistent with United States Food and Drug Administration regulations. A chain restaurant violates this subsection if the chain restaurant displays the information required by this subsection if the amount of the calories listed for a food or beverage item varies more than 20% from the amount of calories found through a nutrient analysis of a representative sample of the food or beverage item.
Sec. 7. Effective date. This Act takes effect May 1, 2010.
This bill requires a chain restaurant, which is a restaurant with the same trade name and the same type of food, meals and menus as 15 or more restaurants nationwide, to provide accurate calorie information on its menus, menu boards and food display labels for the food and beverage items it regularly sells, not including limited-time offers, condiments, items in sealed manufacturer’s packaging with nutrition information or custom orders. The bill also requires a chain restaurant to state on its menu and menu boards: "To maintain a healthy weight, a typical adult should consume approximately 2,000 calories per day; however, individual calorie needs may vary." This bill allows a chain restaurant to state on its menu and menu boards: "Nutrition information is based upon standard recipes and product formulations; however, modest variations may occur due to differences in preparation, serving sizes, ingredients or special orders."