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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 22, 2018 Arete Caldwell
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
May 23, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 22, 2018 Richard Bosboom
May 7, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2018 Ashley Waller
Apr 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 6, 2018 Ashlee Mynarcik
Mar 30, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Mar 30, 2018 Jen vonSchlieder
Mar 28, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Mar 27, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Mar 24, 2018 Chris Hydro
Mar 21, 2018 Teresa Cruz-Wortman
Mar 21, 2018 Jim Malone
Mar 21, 2018 Rita O'Sullivan
Mar 21, 2018 Kathy Morison
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Sandy Campbell
Mar 21, 2018 Nicole Lee-Faith
Mar 21, 2018 Barbara Gallo
Mar 21, 2018 Lana Woolsey
Mar 21, 2018 Nancy Lester
Mar 21, 2018 Melissa Kimps
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 1, 2018 K M Guessing the carbs in food is NOT good for diabetics!! They need to know to be able to adjust their meds.
Mar 1, 2018 (Name not displayed) Thank you!
Mar 1, 2018 Jim Coleman
Mar 1, 2018 Joan Borstell
Mar 1, 2018 Mary Delger
Mar 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 1, 2018 Irene W. Dowdell
Mar 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 1, 2018 Dawn Bowers
Mar 1, 2018 Kelly Flynn
Mar 1, 2018 Deborah Richards
Mar 1, 2018 Kristi Weber
Feb 23, 2018 Jodi Ford
Feb 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 5, 2018 Janice Banks
Feb 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2018 Barbara Leary
Jan 28, 2018 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate
Jan 21, 2018 Michael Blevins
Jan 3, 2018 Eleonora De Giorgio
Dec 28, 2017 Sheila Townsend
Dec 28, 2017 Kandy Gonzalez They usually don’t display the carbs. It would be great for a diabetic to be able to stay on track.

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