Don't exempt pizza chains, theaters, markets and others from menu labeling!
  • Petitioned Commissioner Margaret Hamburg

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Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, FDA
Commissioner Margaret Hamburg
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Don't exempt pizza chains, theaters, markets and others from menu labeling!

    1. Nancy Huehnergarth
    2. Petition by

      Nancy Huehnergarth

      Chappaqua, NY

What exactly are the pizza, movie theater, grocery and convenience store industries trying to hide?

In 2010, a federal law was passed to get chain food establishments to provide calorie counts on menus and menu boards. That law makes good sense. Who can tell that a cinnamon roll (510 calories) has more than double the calories in a glazed donut (220), or that a typical tuna salad sandwich has almost 50 percent more calories (720) than a roast beef sandwich (460)?

But now the pizza industry, along with the movie theater, supermarket and convenience store industries, are trying to exempt themselves from and weaken this labeling law -- even though many Americans regularly purchase pre-made meals from these outlets. Under Texas Representative John Carter’s self-servingly named, "Common Sense Disclosure Act of 2012" (HR 6174), supermarkets, convenience stores and movie theaters would not have to post the calories for their prepared foods at all, and pizza chains would only have to list “calories per serving.” That's a real problem since a "personal-sized" pizza can actually contain  four servings!  How misleading is that?  

Any industry that’s afraid to share basic nutritional information with you probably does have something to hide.  But Americans deserve that information to allow them to make their own decisions about what to purchase and eat. 

Please tell President Obama, Secretary Sebelius and Commissioner Margaret Hamburg that you want calorie labeling on menus and menu boards at pizza chains, movie theaters, grocery stores and convenience stores! 

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rachel Perez MOUNT BERRY, GA
      • 12 months ago

      I would like to see menu labeling required in ALL restaurants, even local non-chain restaurants.

    • Wen Zhang FRISCO, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Everybody in our country has the responsibility of fighting against junk foods and obesity!

    • Christopher Swenson OAKLAND, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I want to know exactly what I put into my body.

    • Meghan Murphy EVANSVILLE, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      If grocery/convenient stores are willing to sell their food, then they should be willing to inform the general public (who spend plenty of money at their store) of the contents. The saddest part is most people will not care, and will buy the sodium induced coma anyway. But, for people with children, health problems, or people that actually care what they eat this would be very beneficial.

    • Tara Carroll TULLAHOMA, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      I have a severe allergy to red dye #40 and I also think it is important to know exactly what we are putting into our bodies not matter what place it is purchased from.


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