The borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce wants to launch a pilot project that would force fast food chains to post calorie, trans fat and sodium counts, at the restaurants on their territory.
“We would like to have better nutritional information available about what’s offered in fast food restaurants, what we would like to see is mandatory information on menus or clearly visible in restaurants when customers are making their choice,” Marvin Rotrand, borough city councillor, who’s spearheading the project said.
The Canadian restaurant and food services association says McDonalds, Tim Hortons and A&W already have pamphlets and other signage with this information available in store.
Consumers can also find it online or via a mobile app.
“Things do happen in our restaurants, before they move and do anything, we would like them to get knowledge on what’s already being done, see if it answers their goals, and if not let’s sit down and find a solution,” Jean Lefebvre with the association said.
Rotrand said the policy currently in place is not enough because some people don't have smart phones and usually show up at fast food restaurants in a rush.
The borough and restaurant association are discussing the details and if adopted, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce would be the first place in Quebec to do so.
The move comes after the borough tried to pass a bylaw banning new drive-thrus, saying it wanted to encourage residents to walk.
The Ontario government is working on a similar calorie policy.
New York adopted one in 2008.