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Bill Prohibiting Obesity-Related Lawsuits Passes Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - The Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives on Jan. 28 passed the "Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act" which is designed to prevent consumers from filing obesity-related lawsuits against the foodservice industry.

The bill, referred to as H.R. 339, introduced by Rep. Ric Keller (R-FL), should reach the full House for a vote within one to two weeks, according to the congressman's office.

"We are grateful for Rep. Keller's leadership in pushing forward this important legislation that focuses on personal responsibility and the voluntary food choices all Americans make, rather than on costly litigation," said Steven C. Anderson, president and ceo of the National Restaurant Association, which was one a several industry groups to support the measure. "We believe Congress and the appropriate regulatory agencies should determine policy in these matters, not judges and juries."

During the committee discussion, Rep. Keller offered an amendment, which was accepted, that would make his bill more compatible with the Senate version, S. 1428, the "Commonsense Consumption Act," introduced by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

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