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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

Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 Cynthia Lee
Jul 18, 2018 Stacy Harris
Jul 18, 2018 chantal van beveren
Jul 17, 2018 Kathleen Burke
Jul 17, 2018 John Rybicki
Jul 17, 2018 lisa Whitaker
Jul 16, 2018 Ari Schwartz
Jul 16, 2018 Sharyn Dreyer
Jul 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 Tiffaney Wear
Jul 15, 2018 Emily Bovee
Jul 15, 2018 Jamie Morvitz
Jul 15, 2018 Sabrina Hurd
Jul 15, 2018 Paul Grohman
Jul 15, 2018 Carole Gorecki
Jul 14, 2018 Brenda Liscomb type 1 diabetic for 50+ years, wearing insulin pump for 20 years. It would make meal times easier to have nutritional info on food, even if it's easily available on-line and not on the menu.
Jul 14, 2018 Deborah Michael
Jul 14, 2018 donna Juriga
Jul 14, 2018 Amy Green
Jul 14, 2018 Stephanie Betts
Jul 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2018 Patricia Corbalis
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Jul 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2018 alexander permjakov
Jul 14, 2018 sasha farrugia
Jul 13, 2018 Christine Nicholson
Jul 13, 2018 Annette Musulin
Jul 13, 2018 Chantal Vagnat
Jul 12, 2018 Kristina Wunder
Jul 12, 2018 Dena Hernandez-Kosche
Jul 12, 2018 Leah Helmer
Jul 12, 2018 Ledicia Lopez
Jul 12, 2018 Dana Sklar
Jul 12, 2018 Isabel Siphon
Jul 12, 2018 Freya Harris
Jul 12, 2018 Irene Schrobenhauser
Jul 12, 2018 Ana Krznarić
Jul 12, 2018 Kimberly Stevens
Jul 12, 2018 Rob Smiley People no longer are saying "I don't want to know" when it comes to what they're eating outside the home. We need to know to make the best decision, particularly for health reasons. Ask your doctor whether that's picky or high-maintenance!
Jul 12, 2018 Vladimir Shuisky
Jul 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2018 teena berger
Jul 12, 2018 Abe Zabek
Jul 11, 2018 Su Horn
Jul 11, 2018 Barbara Gaffield
Jul 11, 2018 RAYA ENGLER
Jul 11, 2018 Edward Hughes
Jul 11, 2018 Rita Gaither-Gant

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