Sponsored by Rep. Ric Keller (R-FL), the legislation would protect the food industry from frivolous lawsuits relating to the obesity issues currently making headlines. "Rep. Keller is to be commended for introducing H.R. 339, which would help prevent misguided lawsuits against the food industry, including our nation's 870,000 restaurants," Ricchi said. "This legislation focuses attention on personal responsibility and the voluntary menu choices all Americans make, rather than on costly and unwarranted litigation."
The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA), Falls Church, VA, strongly supports the legislation, too, and, while not actively involved, is "keeping a close eye on it," says Jonathan Eisen, IFDA director, government relations. "If there is a chance to help the process, we will do so."