California passes first statewide menu labeling law

by Keith Nunes
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SACRAMENTO, CALIF. ― The California Assembly, by a vote of 42 to 31, passed legislation requiring fast-food outlets and chain restaurants to provide nutrition information at the point of purchase.

If signed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, senate bill 120 will make California the first state to require chain restaurants and fast-food outlets to provide nutritional information for standard menu items. Specifically, the bill requires the number of calories to be posted on menu boards. Printed menus would provide the amount of calories, grams of saturated fat, trans fats, sodium and carbohydrates.

Earlier this year, New York City and Washington’s King County mandated similar menu labeling requirements.

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