Las Vegas CBS KXNT — You’re already seeing the calorie content on fast food menus at the national chains, as some of the companies voluntarily post the information. Now a bill in the state legislature would require any venue with 10 or more locations in Nevada to display its calorie counts.
Assemblywoman Lucy Flores says her bill reflects her concern about obesity and health.
“If we can help empower consumers,” Flores told KXNT, “If we can help get them information to make better nutritional choice, then that’s a good public policy on our part.”
It’s also a bit of legal housekeeping that squares Nevada law with the requirements of federal health care reform, she said.
“It’s addressing what I think is a potential loophole,” Flores said. The federal regulation applies to chain restaurants with 20 locations.
Flores believes there are few business entities in Nevada that would be required to comply. But the Retail Association of Nevada says a grocery chain like Scolari’s in Northern Nevada, which has a deli in each of its 13 locations, would be burdened by the cost of compliance.
“This will be a huge expense for them as a small, independent grocer,” Lea Tauchen of the association told KXNT. “They are still trying to determine how many items would have to be labeled, but with some help from our national affiliate the Food Marking Association, the number was estimated at 500-1000 items. “
Analyzing these items according to FDA specifications could cost up to a million dollars, Tauchen said. Alternatively, the store could hire a full-time nutritionist to do the work, at $80-120,000 per year.