Nutrition-Labeling Regulation Impacts on Restaurant Environments
This article discusses results of a study that examined whether restaurant environments changed as a result of a newly implemented restaurant nutrition-labeling regulation in King County, Wash., compared over a similar length of time to restaurants in Multnomah County, Ore., where nutrition-labeling was not implemented. Researchers found that there was no substantive difference in overall availability or facilitation of healthy eating or highlighting healthier options in the restaurants aside from the actual required nutrition-labeling. Nutrition labeling was accompanied by some changes in restaurant environments, notably a decrease in encouragement to overeat or eat unhealthily, but no increase in identifying or providing more healthful options. Overall, availability of healthier options and encouragement to purchase and consume these options did not change and remains low.
In 2009, King County, Wash., implemented a menu-labeling regulation that requires chain restaurants to provide calorie, saturated fat, carbohydrate, and sodium information. This study examines population-level changes in menu-labeling awareness (i.e., seeing calorie information) and use (i.e., using calorie information) before and after policy implementation in King County. Researchers analyzed … More
This article evaluates the impact of a menu labeling regulation in King County, Wash., on calories purchased and awareness and use of labels six and 18 months after implementation. Like prior studies, researchers found no significant changes in calories purchased six months after implementation, but found a modest decrease in … More
This study examined the energy, saturated fat, and sodium content of entrées at national chain restaurants subject to menu labeling regulations in King County, Washington, at six and 18 months after the implementation of the regulation. Researchers evaluated the nutrition content of entrées at 11 sit-down restaurants and 26 quick-serve … More
In March 2008, the King County Board of Health approved the second restaurant nutrition information regulation in the nation, requiring chain restaurants to provide information on calories, saturated fats, carbohydrates, and sodium on menus and calories on menu boards by January 1, 2009, and allowing for specified methods “equivalent” to … More
The impact of menu labeling is unclear. A menu labeling law (beginning 1/1/09) in Seattle-King County, WA provides an opportunity to evaluate policy effectiveness. The Seattle-King County policy is different from regulations elsewhere in two important ways. First, not only do restaurants need to have calorie labels, they have to … More
Multnomah County passed a menu labeling policy that will go into effect January 1, 2009, as one of only five jurisdictions in the U.S. to have passed such a policy. The aims of this study are to: (1) examine changes in awareness of nutrition information, nutrition knowledge, use of nutrition … More