Calorie Counting in MoCo
The Montgomery County Council's two-hour discussion yesterday afternoon about legislation designed to encourage diners to make healthier food choices revealed much about the bad eating habits of committee members: Council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda) loves burgers at Johnny Rockets and chocolate-glazed doughnuts at Starbucks; Council member George Leventhal (D-At Large) is a frequent visitor to Baskin Robbins and well versed in the 31 flavors.
What the health committee meeting did not do, however, was provide further insight into the fate of the bill that would require hundreds of chain restaurants in the county to list nutritional information on their menus or menu boards.
Faced with questions and alternatives posed by representatives from the Maryland Restaurant Association, the three-member committee decided to defer action on the bill and hold another worksession in the coming weeks. That means that if the measure gets out of committee, the full council likely won't see the bill until mid-October.
The committee did resolve several minor issues, including a decision to exclude wine lists and some other alcoholic beverages from any nutritional requirements.
Said Berliner, "I find it odd that one would have the calories of a vodka martini."
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