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  • NJ A556
  • Requires entertainment facilities to provide calorie information for food and beverage items offered for sale.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would require entertainment facilities to provide calorie information for food and beverage items offered for sale, subject to the same requirements that currently apply to chain restaurants. The bill would define "entertainment facility" to mean any privately or publicly owned or operated facility that is used primarily for sports contests, entertainment, or both, such as a theater, stadium, museum, arena, automobile racetrack, or other place where performances, concerts, exhibits, games or contests are held. Entertainment facilities would be required to list next to each food or beverage item listed on a standard printed menu, a menu board signage system, or a drive through window display, the total number of calories for the item as usually prepared and offered for sale. An entertainment facility that offers alcoholic beverages for sale would be permitted to list, as an alternative to listing calorie information for each individual alcoholic beverage, the average caloric value for beers, wines, and spirits, along with a statement that reads: "Signature drinks or liqueurs with added ingredients may increase calorie content." The bill would require that the calorie information be posted clearly and conspicuously adjacent or in close proximity to the applicable menu item using a font and format that is at least as prominent, in size and appearance, as that used to post either the name or price of the menu item. The calorie content values would be based upon a verifiable analysis of the menu item and would be rounded to the nearest 10 calories for calorie content values above 50 calories and to the nearest five calories for calorie content values 50 calories and below. The bill would require that the minimum and maximum calorie numbers be posted for items that come in different flavors and varieties and for items that are a combination of two or more standard menu items. For a standard menu item that is not an appetizer or dessert, but is intended to serve more than one individual, the facility would be required to indicate the number of individuals intended to be served by the item and the calorie information per individual serving. Nothing in the bill would prohibit an entertainment facility from providing additional nutrition information to its customers for each food or beverage item listed on its menu. The bill would not apply to items not listed on a standard printed menu or menu board system or similar signage, such as condiments, daily specials, temporary menu items appearing on the menu for less than 60 days per calendar year, customized orders, or food or beverage items from a consumer self-serve salad bar or buffet. The Department of Health or the local board of health or the board, body, or officers exercising the functions of the local board of health according to law, upon written complaint or having reason to suspect that a violation of the provisions of the bill has occurred, would, by written notification, advise the owner of the entertainment facility accordingly and order appropriate action to be taken. The bill would permit the imposition of a civil penalty of not less than $50 or more than $100 for a first offense, and not less than $250 or more than $500 for a second or subsequent offense. The bill would not create or enhance any claim, right of action, or civil liability that did not previously exist under State law or limit any claim, right of action, or civil liability that otherwise exists under State law. Additionally, there would be no private right of action against the owner of an entertainment facility for failure to comply with the provisions of the bill.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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