Most U.S. adults favor calorie labeling

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) — Seventy-seven percent of U.S. adults said they want calorie labeling for hot dogs, pizza slices and burritos sold at convenience stores, a survey indicates.

The survey, released by the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, indicated 81 percent favor having supermarkets provide calorie information for their prepared restaurant-type foods, such as rotisserie chicken, sandwiches and soups.

In addition, 70 percent of U.S. adults favor having movie theaters list calories on menu boards and 68 percent favor having chain restaurants list calories for alcoholic beverages, the survey found.

“Americans just want to know what they’re eating,” Margo G. Wootan, director of nutrition policy at CSPI, said in a statement. “Menu labeling at chain restaurants will be enormously helpful. But it doesn’t make sense to create loopholes for certain companies, when that’s not what Congress intended and it’s not what people want.”

The survey comes as the Obama administration is putting the finishing touches on a regulation requiring calorie counts at chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments.

To the dismay of many health advocates, a draft of the rule released last year exempted alcoholic beverages, movie theaters, hotels, stadiums and other venues that sell restaurant-type foods — even though the 2010 law that established calorie labeling included those venues, Wootan said.

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One thought on “Most U.S. adults favor calorie labeling

  1. sybaritica says:

    I like calorie listings on labels as a general idea but the count most companies give using stupid, unrealistic and totally arbitrary serving sizes is annoying. When you buy, say, a can of pork and beans containing 341ml and they tell you that there X number of calories for a 43ml serving size, what is it they are trying to do? Why, for heaven’s sake, don’t they just list the calories in the can and let us do the math ourselves f we want to eat less than the whole thing?

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