Senator McConnell Calls On Congress To Support The Commonsense Consumption Act Of 2005

By:  Mitch McConnell
Date: June 9, 2005
Location: Washington, DC

Senator McConnell Calls On Congress To Support The Commonsense Consumption Act Of 2005

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell today urged his colleagues to support his bill which addresses frivolous lawsuits that claim the food industry is responsible for a person's obesity and weight gain.

The Commonsense Consumption Act of 2005, S. 908, would prohibit any claim based on an alleged injury related to obesity or weight gain, in state or federal court, against a lawful food manufacturer or seller. The bill covers all food, as defined by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, including food ingredients and beverages.

"Most Americans believe in the old adage, ‘you are what you eat.' However, there are some who believe that others are to blame for what they eat," said McConnell. "Over the years, we have seen lawsuits claiming the plaintiff's weight gain is the responsibility of those selling food. Restaurants and cookie companies have been sued and ice cream parlors and even school districts have been threatened with abusive lawsuits. This is absurd. You shouldn't be able to sue someone else because of your own eating habits."

In 2003, the Gallup organization released a poll showing that Americans are solidly behind Senator McConnell on this issue. Nearly nine out of ten (89%) people agree that fast food restaurants should not be held liable for the eating habits of their customers.

This type of legislation has become law with overwhelming bipartisan support in 17 states, including Kentucky, and is currently pending in another 28 states.

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