Ohio Bars Local Governments From Regulating Nutrition, Pre-empting Cleveland’s Trans Fat Ban

July 22, 2014

A law banning trans fats in restaurants beginning in 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio has been pre-empted by the state of Ohio which passed a law preventing local governments out of the nutrition-regulation business, according to The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

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Editor’s Insight: This state action demonstrates that more uniform nutrition disclosure rules benefit the food industry.

In the meantime, the Food and Drug Administration is contemplating federal rules for nutrition disclosure by restaurants and vending operators. If, as the industry hopes, the rules are easy to implement, the federal rules will pre-empt state and local attempts.

The National Automatic Merchandising Association suggested calorie disclosure rules that will not be onerous for the vending industry to meet. 07-08-11 by Elliot Maras