Should all Nashville restaurants be required to post calorie content on menus?

Posted at 9:22 PM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 23:20:48-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — You've seen it at large restaurant chains across the country, but should all restaurants in Nashville be required to list the calorie content of their menu items?

Metro Council took up the issue during Tuesday evening's meeting.

Supporters say the nutrition labeling benefits millions of Americans across the country, giving them info to make healthy choices.

But some business owners say they are opposed to the idea. They say while it has good intentions, its not fully thought through.

"We change our menu several times a year, " said Barrett Hobbs with Scoreboard Bar and Grill in Nashville. "If every time we had to do that we had to resubmit it for scientific analysis, it's costly, it delays and prohibits us from trying new things."

Metro council members voted to defer the bill indefinitely during the meeting because of a current bill under consideration in legislature.

If passed, it would ban local governments from being able to “impose a tax, fee, or otherwise regulate the wholesale or retail sale, manufacture, or distribution of any food or drink, food or drink content, amount of food or drink content, or food or drink ingredients.”

It would give that power to the state alone, and would keep local governments from imposing such rules or regulations.