Proposal Aims To Eliminate Sausage, Hot Dogs And Bacon From D.C. Hospitals

October 23, 2019

The D.C. council introduced Tuesday legislation that would eliminate unhealthy food and drinks from city hospitals. 

The Healthy Hospitals Amendment Act of 2019 aims to remove processed meats and unhealthy drinks from hospital menus. The bill specifically lists hot dogs, sausage and bacon under its “processed meats” category. 

The recommended guidelines also call for hospitals to provide vegetarian and plant-based food options and meals low in saturated fat, sodium and added sugar. 

Hospitals would only be able to provide sugar-sweetened beverages “when necessary for therapeutic purposes,” according to the recommendation. Seventy-five percent of beverages at hospital cafes and cafeterias shouldn’t be sugar-sweetended, the proposal says. 

Mayor Muriel Bowser would have to approve the legislation, which is also subject to a 30-day period of congressional review. 

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