California moves closer to nutrition disclosure

by Eric Schroeder
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SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Restaurant visitors in California moved a step closer to achieving basic nutrition disclosure on Thursday when the State Assembly Appropriations Committee passed SB 120, legislation that would require fast-food and chain restaurants to provide basic nutrition information on menus and menu boards. The legislation, which won Senate approval in May, now goes to the full Assembly for a final vote.

"Californians are now just a vote away from winning the right to have basic nutrition information easily available when they eat out," said bill co-sponsor Dr. Harold Goldstein of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.

Specifically, SB 120 would require the number of calories to be posted on menu boards, while printed menus would be required to provide the amount of calories, grams of saturated fat plus trans fat, sodium and carbohydrates.

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