Last Friday, the California Restaurant Association (CRA) came out in strong opposition to a newly amended bill (SB 1138-Padilla) that suddenly forced additional menu labeling requirements for all restaurants, regardless of size.
The legislation originally targeted fraudulent seafood labeling, but the new amendments took the bill in a very different direction, similar to onerous and unworkable seafood menu labeling bills that the CRA was able to stop in previous years.
With the new amendments dramatically reshaping the bill, and only days before the committee hearing in the Assembly Agriculture Committee, the CRA met with members of the committee to raise awareness of the sudden amendments and the industry’s objections.
Yesterday in committee, the CRA was able to have all the menu labeling requirements stripped from the bill, which was subsequently approved by the committee with a focus on knowingly mislabeling and selling seafood.
Special thanks to Assembly Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) and committee members Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) for their help in committee and to Senator Alex Padilla for his continued willingness to work with the CRA on the seafood fraud issue while abandoning the menu labeling requirements for restaurants.