Food Delivery Apps Should List Calorie Data: Advocates
FDA urged to make DoorDash, Grubhub, and other apps follow the same rules as chain restaurants
If you, like many Americans, are ordering takeout more often these days, you may have noticed that food delivery apps such as DoorDash and Postmates don’t always list the calorie information for the foods you’re selecting.
That’s why consumer and health advocates, led by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), are calling for federal regulators to require food delivery apps to follow the same rules as chain restaurants and disclose calorie counts.
These groups, which also include Consumer Reports, sent a letter (PDF) to the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday urging the agency to make clear that nutrition labeling requirements on menus apply to third-party food delivery service platforms.
Although these delivery services aren’t restaurants, they do have a responsibility under the law to make sure the food they’re delivering is properly branded with correct nutrition information, according to Eva Greenthal, senior science policy associate with the CSPI.
“These third party platforms are not supplying this information because they mistakenly believe that they are not required to do so,” adds Brian Ronholm, Consumer Reports’ director of food policy. “However, the menus they provide on the platforms are covered under the law, so the nutrition labeling requirements apply, even if their platforms are not considered restaurants or food establishments.”