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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


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)
May 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2017 Mary Bissell
May 10, 2017 Barbara Benane
May 10, 2017 Christiane Santos
May 9, 2017 jeff hopkins
May 7, 2017 P D
May 6, 2017 Sawsan Gh
May 2, 2017 Amy Smith
May 1, 2017 caro shu
May 1, 2017 Carol and Barry Meehan With so many obesity related illnesses plaguing us, more information on menus would greatly reduce risk.
Apr 29, 2017 Anthony Charles
Apr 28, 2017 Andréa Davis
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
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

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