"Parents today can't make informed choices on feeding their children well. The problem is that labeling in restaurants is non-existent," Margo Wootan, CSPI's director of nutrition policy, said in Washington.
CSPI surveyed 20 of the United States' largest table-service restaurant chains and contracted an independent laboratory to analyze the nutritional content of kids' food at seven chains: Applebee's, Chili's, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse and Red Lobster.
CSPI found the worse offender of kids' menu food was Outback Steakhouse, whose kids' version of a cheeseburger, fries, soda, and sundae totaled 1,700 calories and 58 grams of saturated fat.
The study's release coincided with Sen. Tom Harkin's, D-Iowa, introduction of legislation Tuesday requiring nutritional information to be displayed on chain restaurant menus and vending machines.