Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts, Project No. P094513 #00033

Submission Number:
00033
Commenter:
Joan McGlockton
Organization:
National Restaurant Association
State:
District of Columbia
Initiative Name:
Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts, Project No. P094513

May 9, 2011 Donald Clark Office of the Secretary Federal Trade Commission Room H-113 (Annex W) 600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20580 RE: Request for Extension of Time for Filing Comments, Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children: Proposed Nutrition Principles: FTC Project No. PO9513 Dear Secretary Clark: I am writing on behalf of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) to respectfully request a forty-five (45) day extension of time to file comments on the Interagency Working Group s (IWG) Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Self Regulatory Efforts, so that comments would be due July 28, 2011. The National Restaurant Association, founded in 1919, is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, representing more than 380,000 member restaurant establishments. The Association s membership base consists of many different facets of the industry including quick service, casual dining and table service restaurant operators. Thus, some of our members would be directly impacted by the proposed nutrition principles. The Commission has established a comment deadline of June 13, 2011. We do not believe a 45 day comment period affords NRA or our members adequate time to evaluate and respond to the very important and complex issues raised by the IWG in the preliminary proposal. The Commission seeks over 30 comments on a broad scope of issues such as nutrition principles, marketing definitions, economic consequences, feasibility of reformulations, and competitive implications. Unlike in the proposed standards released in December 2009, the preliminary proposal now includes principles for main dishes and meal products. Our members need time to fully and carefully analyze the effect of the proposed nutrition principles on their menu portfolios. In addition, given the expansive definition of marketing set forth in the preliminary proposal, our members need time to evaluate the impact of this definition. For the foregoing reasons, NRA respectfully requests that the comment deadline in this proceeding be extended until July 28, 2011. Please feel free to contact me at jmcglockton@restaurant.org or 202-331-5931 should you have any questions. Sincerely, Joan Rector McGlockton Vice President, Industry Affairs & Food Policy National Restaurant Association