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Policy Summary

Requires disclosure of nutritional information by chain restaurants; provides standards for what information must be disclosed and how; specifies exceptions; and has standards for how nutrition analysis should be done.

Background Information

State Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Name Philadelphia
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Provides education, promotes awareness, or provides information
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Process; Distribute;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
Yes

Declaration of policy for entire Food section refers to preservation and promotion of health (§ 6-101) and is part of health code; law requires nutrition information to be disclosed (6-308(1), 6-308(c )).

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"§ 6-101: Declaration of Policy. (1) The purpose of this Title is the preservation and promotion of the health of the people of the City and to this end this Title is intended to embrace all matters to which the regulatory or police powers and duties of the Department of Public Health extend."

Includes definitions?
Yes

6-102

Addresses implementation?
No

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

Penalties are specified--up to $500. Sec.6-308 (7). Further states: "Notices of violation shall be issued by authorized Health Department inspectors or any other persons authorized to enforce ordinances. Such notices ... shall be issued under the procedures set forth in § 1-112, except that the amount required to be remitted in response to a notice of violation shall be one hundred fifty dollars ($150)."

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Part of the chapter 6-300 on Food, in the Title 6, Health Code. Legislative history: Added, Bill No. 080167-A (approved November 19, 2008), effective January 1, 2010.