Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 080187
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File Number: 080187 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-249-08 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: POST NUTRITION INFO ON MENUS Introduced: 1/17/2008
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/4/2008
Agenda Date: 3/4/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A12
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO REQUIRE RESTAURANTS THAT HAVE TEN OR MORE LOCATIONS IN FLORIDA TO POST NUTRITION INFORMATION FOR ALL STANDARD MENU ITEMS ON MENUS AND MENU BOARDS
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Joe A. Martinez, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/4/2008 11A12 Adopted P

Budget and Finance Committee 2/12/2008 2K Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Jess McCarty read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Martinez relinquished the Chair to Vice-Chairman Gimenez. It was moved by Commissioner Martinez that this proposed resolution be forwarded to the County Commission with a favorable recommendation. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Sorenson. Commissioners Diaz and Sorenson asked that they be listed as co-sponsors. Following further discussion among Commissioners Diaz, Martinez, and Sosa regarding the implementation of this proposed resolution, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 1/17/2008 Referred Budget and Finance Committee 2/12/2008

County Attorney 1/17/2008 Assigned Mandana Dashtaki

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO REQUIRE RESTAURANTS THAT HAVE TEN OR MORE LOCATIONS IN FLORIDA TO POST NUTRITION INFORMATION FOR ALL STANDARD MENU ITEMS ON MENUS AND MENU BOARDS

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WHEREAS, restaurants are an important source of food for Miami-Dade County residents: an estimated one third of daily caloric intake comes from food purchased and prepared outside of the home, and this proportion is increasing; and
WHEREAS, assuring that our residents are informed of the nutritional facts of their dining options is a public health priority; and
WHEREAS, obesity is epidemic in the United States and in Miami-Dade County, and is an important risk factor for many chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and asthma; and
WHEREAS, federally mandated nutrition labeling on standardized food products for sale in supermarkets facilitates informed choice: nearly three quarters of consumers report that they look at calorie information on the Nutrition Facts Panel, and about half indicate that nutrition information affects their food choices; and
WHEREAS, consumers lack easily accessible information to make informed choices when eating in restaurants; and
WHEREAS, nutritional information provided at the time of food selection in restaurants would enable consumers to make more informed, healthier choices and can reasonably be expected to reduce obesity and the many related health problems which obesity causes; and
WHEREAS, cities and counties in Florida are preempted from passing legislation requiring restaurants to display nutritional information on menus and menu boards because the State of Florida currently has exclusive jurisdiction to regulate restaurants pursuant to Chapter 509, Florida Statutes; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature could require that restaurants display nutritional information on menus and menu boards; and
WHEREAS, informing the public of the nutritional information of the food that they consume has the promise of substantially improving the public health, and correspondingly reducing health care costs,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to require restaurants that have ten (10) or more locations in Florida to post nutrition information, including calories, fat, and cholesterol, for all standard items on menus and menu boards, with additional nutritional information, such as protein, saturated fat, trans fat, carbohydrates, sodium, cholesterol and vitamins, made available, in writing, at the customer's request.
Section 2. Urges the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which has regulatory oversight over restaurants in Florida, and the Florida Department of Health to undertake meaningful regulatory and educational measures that keep the public informed as to the nutritional content of the food that they are consuming in Florida's restaurants.
Section 3. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation, the Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and the Secretary of the Florida Department of Health.
Section 4. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation set forth in Section 1 above and the adoption of the initiatives set forth in Section 2 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2008 State Legislative Package.



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