Maryland County Piles New Regulations on Struggling Restaurants
A lousy bill passed this week in Prince George’s County, Maryland, will force all restaurants in the county that serve kids’ meals to offer subjectively healthy foods and beverages as a default option.
The bill passed by a unanimous council vote and is expected to become law once the county executive signs the measure. It’s intended to target a host of popular food offerings—from McDonald’s Happy Meals to IHOP’s kids’ menu to, say, a local food truck that offers a meal option for kids.
“The bill will start by requiring, over the next two years, that all food retail businesses offer water, milk, or 100 percent juice to accompany every children’s meal as a default beverage option rather than soda, which can still be requested by parents or guardians,” Civil Eats reported this week. “Over the next five years, the bill will add requirements for every restaurant to offer at least one healthy side dish and then one healthy main course.”
The bill, the text of which you may download here, outlines those additional requirements. For example, it defines a “healthy” kids meal, in part, as one “that contains not more than: 550 calories; 700 milligrams of sodium; 10 percent of calories from saturated fat; 15 grams of added sugars; and 0 grams of trans fat; that includes at least a half (1⁄2) cup of non-fried fruit or non-fried vegetables (excluding white potatoes, juices, condiments, and spreads).”
Advocates hope the new law, dubbed the Healthy Kids Meal Bill, will serve as a national model that will magically transform fast food into health food.
One advocacy group leading the charge for subjectively healthier fast food is the Center for Science in the Public Interest. CSPI has promoted narrower bills to
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