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For people with diabetes, eating out is risky. Restaurants are not required to put any nutritional information on their menus, and they usually don't. It's often embarrassing and troublesome to have restaurant staff try to track down accurate information about a bowl of soup or a plate of spaghetti. Without a law in place, staff members could even dismiss the request, claiming the information is not available.

Too often, these frustrating scenarios leave people with diabetes to guess how many carbohydrates are in their meals. Guessing incorrectly could result in imbalanced blood glucose levels, which could lead to a hypoglycemic or hyperglycemic episode. In some cases, these severe issues can even lead to diabetic comas and death.

Right now, the FDA requires "chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments" to post calorie information on their menus and menu boards and have other nutritional information available in writing for those who request it. This information includes "total calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, fiber, sugars, and protein."

Arguably, nutritional information could stand to be made even more accessible in chain restaurants, but in other eateries, it's often nowhere to be found at all. Restaurants that don't fall into the "chain restaurants" category are free to leave nutritional information off their menus and make it altogether unavailable to guests. That is unacceptable.

People deserve to have this information readily accessible so they can make well-informed decisions without being mocked or ridiculed for being "high-maintenance" or "picky." All restaurants should be required to post nutritional information for all food and drink items served at their establishment, including calories, fats, proteins, and—most importantly—carbs. This small change could help prevent accidental complications for those with diabetes and other health concerns.

Sign below to tell the FDA's Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements that every restaurant should be held to these standards.

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Dear Food and Drug Administration, Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements,

Every day, people with diabetes and other diet-related health concerns are risking their health each time they are denied easy access to nutritional information for the food they order at restaurants.

The people deserve to have access to this information. No one should have to guess what's in their food in the hopes that they'll be able to give themselves the correct amount of medication to avoid health complications. No one should have to live in fear that the food they eat could hurt or even kill them.

It is time to protect people from this needless risk. I demand federal legislation to ensure that all eateries, whether they be fast food establishments, cafes, buffets, fine dining restaurants, or whatever else, are held to the same standards. For the good of the people, they should all be required to disclose the relevant nutritional facts for every food and drink item they sell.


Petition Signatures

Apr 28, 2017 Andréa Davis
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Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2017 Sherri Hickman
Apr 26, 2017 Jenny Susa Please allow us to make informed choices about what we want to order by being able to view the contents of the food available.
Apr 25, 2017 Amanda Kvapil
Apr 25, 2017 Kathrin Küspert
Apr 24, 2017 karen pepe
Apr 24, 2017 Rachel Rakaczky
Apr 24, 2017 Lori Visioli
Apr 24, 2017 Marinella Ragosta
Apr 24, 2017 Carrie Sheeran
Apr 23, 2017 robbie thomas
Apr 23, 2017 Michelle Balazic
Apr 21, 2017 Joyce Brogger
Apr 21, 2017 Amanda Reid
Apr 21, 2017 Wendi Postma
Apr 21, 2017 Justin Small
Apr 21, 2017 Debbie Bochert, DTR
Apr 21, 2017 Virginia Wilson
Apr 21, 2017 paula p
Apr 21, 2017 Antoinette Lucisano
Apr 20, 2017 Aleasa Crary
Apr 20, 2017 Jane Harrison
Apr 20, 2017 Sarah Mac Crossan
Apr 20, 2017 Martha Williams
Apr 20, 2017 Baylee Markwell
Apr 20, 2017 Melora Jackson
Apr 19, 2017 qumars shenasai
Apr 19, 2017 maria ingenito
Apr 19, 2017 Lynne Cruz
Apr 19, 2017 Vanessa Cravo
Apr 18, 2017 Gail Koehn
Apr 18, 2017 Liel Thistle
Apr 18, 2017 Corinne Taylor
Apr 18, 2017 Sue Bosman
Apr 18, 2017 Marina Tonkonogy
Apr 18, 2017 Alessia Gatti
Apr 18, 2017 Jovanka Ruiz
Apr 18, 2017 TONI King
Apr 18, 2017 Riitta Salokannel
Apr 18, 2017 Nicoleta Sava
Apr 18, 2017 Kristina Bergström
Apr 17, 2017 Patrizia Lazzeri For people with diabetes, eating out is risky. Guessing incorrectly results in imbalanced blood glucose levels, which leads to a hypoglycemic episode. People deserve to have access to this information. I have diabetes & would eat out more often with it!
Apr 17, 2017 Naomi Martin
Apr 17, 2017 Rodrigo Gonçalves
Apr 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2017 Leah Herzberg
Apr 17, 2017 Joan Cootes
Apr 17, 2017 Josie Tuthill

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