Senator Duane to Host Hearing on Food Policy In New York State

January 21, 2010

Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Health, will hold a public hearing at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 22, to examine the legislative actions New York State might take to address the epidemic of obesity in America.

Three policy approaches have been proposed for addressing this issue:

(1)  Calorie Labeling would require chain restaurants to post the caloric value of all items on their menus;

(2)  A Trans Fat Ban would prohibit restaurants from utilizing any  artificial trans fats in the preparation or cooking of any food item and from serving any food containing artificial trans fats;

(3)  A Sweetened Beverage Excise would impose an excise on sweetened beverage manufacturers.

The goal of these three proposals is to raise awareness about the importance of diet and the link to obesity, to reduce the intake of calories, trans fats, and sweetened beverages, and to improve the health of New Yorkers.

The purpose of this hearing is to receive input and listen to feedback from stakeholders in medicine, public health, and the food and beverage industries as well as consumers and hunger advocates about these proposed policies.

Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair, Senate Standing Committee on Health
Richard Daines, Commissioner, New York State Department of Health
Thomas Farley, Commissioner, New York City Department of Health
Representatives of Public Health Organizations, Research  and Advocacy Groups, and the Food and Beverage Industries
Friday, January 22, 2010, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, NY or webcast available at: