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National Restaurant Association Backs Bipartisan Senate Agreement to Empower Consumers Nationwide With More Nutrition Information
Date:6/10/2009

WASHINGTON, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Restaurant Association today released the following statement from President and CEO Dawn Sweeney about a bipartisan Senate agreement on a national nutrition information standard:

"Today, Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced an industry and consumer-backed agreement on a uniform national standard for chain restaurants that would provide consumers across the United States with a wide range of nutrition information at the point of purchase.

"We thank the Senators for their bipartisan leadership and for recognizing the importance of legislation that meets the needs of both the restaurant industry and our customers. We look forward to working with Congress to enact this legislation, which provides caloric information on the menu and additional information, such as sodium and carbohydrates, in other accessible formats.

"We know the importance of providing consumers with the information they want and need in a consistent format no matter where they are across the country. This legislation would replace varying state and local ordinances with a national standard that empowers consumers to make choices that are best for themselves and their families.

"The National Restaurant Association has led an industry-wide coalition that worked proactively with key stakeholders to provide a uniform approach that gives consumers one more way to live a healthy and active life."

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which is comprised of 945,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a work force of 13 million employees. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association works to lead America's restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence, and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve. For more information, visit our Web site at www.restaurant.org.


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