Yesterday, the King County Board of Health voted to ban artificial trans fats and force chain restaurants to label their menus. The new requirements take effect Aug. 1, 2008. Next to all menu items (including wine, beer and other beverages) should be a list of calories, carbohydrates, fats and sodium.
We mentioned the downside of this development two days ago, the fact that it could severely hurt smaller restaurant chains. There's nothing wrong with making a vast, powerful corporation like McDonald's to do so, but is it worth handicapping or even killing locally owned chains?
Certainly there's nothing wrong with knowing what's in your food and its nutritional content. This type of information can help us choose better foods and keep us living longer. But isn't there a more responsible solution than this?
Perhaps using income as an identifier, making sure that the chain has the finances to go through this laborious process or maybe even warning labels a la tobacco products? Anyone else have a better idea?