Theater chains rally against proposed nutritional information rules

posted by CSWalczak on March 21, 2011 at 10:40 am

SEATTLE, WA — The nation’s theater chains are filing challenges against new rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration that would require movie theaters and other businesses that sell refreshments to supply caloric and other nutritional information comparable to that which is currently required on most packaged foods.

“It’s easy enough to blow your whole diet for a week from one snack at the movie theater,” said Margo Wootan, the director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington. “Just because you happen to be watching a movie while you’re eating doesn’t mean you aren’t eating out.”

The chains claim that it was not the intent of Congress to require theaters and food stands to provide this information. At least one member of Congress disagrees.

The full story is in the Seattle Times.

Comments (7)

John Fink
John Fink on March 21, 2011 at 11:19 am

The thing is several cities require this – the bigger chains have this information – why not disclose it? As for the smaller chains and independents I’m sure they could provide a reasonable estimation based on the size of the product they are selling if they had to, but I’m sure an uber-indie chain would be exempt.

I understand the conservatives thoughts about “government intrusion in the free market” but come on – you should have the right to have access to known information if you ask for it. Putting it on the menu will insure some moron at the snack bar, (or in management if your at Clearview Cinemas) – can’t say “I don’t know, they haven’t told me”. Other chain restaurants will provide estimates of their products in a separate guide from their menu.

moviebuff82 on March 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I agree John. Welcome back…please add me on facebook again….

CapnRob on March 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm

What you don’t know can’t hurt you. I found this on

A large popcorn had about 80 grams of fat, more than 50 of them saturated. That’s almost three day’s worth of sat fat, or what you’d get from six Big Macs. And that’s if you skip the “butter.” Succumb to the “butter” on your large popcorn and you’ll boost the fat to close to 130 grams, or two days worth, plus four day’s worth of cholesterol. But what’s another two Big Macs when you’re already up to six?"

I think that might really hurt concession sales.

John Fink
John Fink on March 23, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I’m not so sure it’s hurt sales in New York City – unless they provide data otherwise. But I laugh in one article about them not being in the restaurant industry – they’re experimenting with it with Fork & Screen / Cinema Suites / AMC Grill and Cinebarre (Regal’s co-venture).

TLSLOEWS on March 24, 2011 at 1:28 am

I think is does not really matter,if you are going out to have a good time and watch a movie,go for it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Big brother watching us again.Give me a break,Enjoy the Concession the Theatre depends on IT.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Big brother watching us again.Give me a break,Enjoy the Concession the Theatre depends on IT.

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