Should we require mandatory nutrition labelling on menus?
Should the Canadian government require mandatory nutrition labelling on restaurant menus? Tell us what you think, and copy our letter to send to your MP
Tell your MP that you deserve to know what’s in the food you’re eating. Cut and paste this form letter into an e-mail or print it off and mail it (no postage is required for mailing to an MP on Parliament Hill). Find out who your MP is, and get their e-mail address, here. Plus, tell us what you think in the comments.
Name of your MP
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Dear (your MP’s name):
With obesity rates rising, Canadians are suffering from the consequences of a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle. Diabetes, for example, now affects more than nine percent of Canadians, and drains almost $12 billion a year from healthcare budgets.
A quarter of all Canadian household food dollars are spent in restaurants, yet many of the menu options offered do not meet accepted nutritional criteria.
Some restaurants are moving in the direction of healthier menus, but this shift in attitude is not universal. In order to make healthier lifestyle and meal choices, Canadians need to know what’s in the food they’re eating.
I am writing to call on Ottawa to require mandatory nutrition labelling on restaurant menus.