Calories anyone? Ordinance could require restaurants to print nutritional information

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 6:11 PM

(WHAS11) -- The saying goes you are what you eat, but do you really want to know how fattening that lunch really is? An ordinance currently being reviewed by a Metro Council Committee would do just that.

Lunch or dinner time in Louisville means so many choices and big decisions. Some restaurants list nutritional values on their website but not on store menus. The Metro Government wants that to change and for all the calories and fat listed online to be made available to the consumer in the store as well.

Diners have mixed reactions.

"You go into restaurants and you see things you used to eat a lot of and you're like oh! There's a lot more calories and fat than I'd really want to eat," said Sam Brunlebe, a diner.

"I don't think the government should be telling anybody to do anything especially when it comes to private businesses," said Davis Butts a diner.

"It takes the fun out of it. I don't go out very often and I don't want to know the damage I'm doing," said Gay Ellison a diner.

The ordinance is currently being discussed in a committee.

"It's a matter of convenience really for people that may not have the iPad or iPhone or ability to go online to see what that restaurant has as far as caloric information, " said Tony Hyatt the Director of Communications for Metro Council.

Essentially the ordinance would work like this, if a restaurant has an online menu that lists calories and fat grams they would be required to print that out and have it in the restaurant. They would not be required however to list it in their menu.

Many restaurant owners support the idea , some already provide a detailed list of fat and calories to customers. Over at Hillbilly Tea, it's an option they support and are planning to do it.

"I think you should have access to the information for whatever you put in your body whether it be tea or coffee or food. So you are conscious of what you are doing and the affects it's gonna have on your body," said John Michael Smith the Assistant Manager Hillbilly Tea.

The ordinance will be discussed and voted on at the committee's next meeting the first week in August. If approved by the Metro Council, restaurants would have up to 30 days to comply or face a $25 fine.

The ordinance would not apply to those restaurants that do not have an online nutritional menu.

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