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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

Dec 2, 2017 robin karlsson
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) going out to eat should not be a game of Russian roulette for a diabetic
Nov 3, 2017 Esther Clayson
Nov 2, 2017 Henry Mongrain Require ingredients to be listed as well!
Oct 30, 2017 Seonaidh Guthrie
Oct 28, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 24, 2017 Ella McRae
Oct 23, 2017 Sadaf Bhutta
Oct 9, 2017 Brenda Weber
Oct 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2017 Ertie Evangelista
Oct 1, 2017 RoseMarie Di Giovanni-Norton
Oct 1, 2017 Lisa Briggs
Oct 1, 2017 Beatrice Southwick
Oct 1, 2017 Annicka Chetty
Oct 1, 2017 William Mayer This is as no-brainer.
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 7, 2017 Teresa Ashley
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 robert dowling
Aug 29, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Aug 23, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 18, 2017 Amy Chevalier
Aug 16, 2017 Esmeralda Fowler
Aug 16, 2017 Linda Haines
Aug 14, 2017 Linda Jones
Aug 9, 2017 Kevin Lawson
Aug 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 6, 2017 Shirley Eichelberger
Jul 27, 2017 Rachel Howe
Jul 14, 2017 Carol Painter
Jul 6, 2017 Maggie Seff
Jul 1, 2017 Sarah Desousa
Jun 30, 2017 Marie-Laurence Yans
Jun 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Jun 12, 2017 Linda Butler
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 6, 2017 Mckenzie Brown
May 30, 2017 Teresa Kohl
May 29, 2017 Janet Pickard
May 29, 2017 Samantha Manso
May 28, 2017 John Chambers
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 17, 2017 jane cook
May 17, 2017 natalie hughes
May 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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