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Restaurants Would List Calories Under New Legislation

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Federal lawmakers, restaurant industry groups and consumer advocacy organizations have reached agreement on a proposal to require restaurants to display calorie information on their menus, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The legislation, authored by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), would require chains with 20 or more restaurants to provide calorie information on menus, and at salad bars and buffets. Additional information about fat content, sugar, salt and cholesterol would have to provided upon patron request.

Currently, 13 state and local governments have such requirements, the Journal reported, including California, New York City and Seattle.

Similar legislation is pending in a number of states, the newspaper said.

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Great news! I live in Australia and would love to see that information freely available here in restaurants. It's a postive step forward. I hope the information is displayed in a readable and easy to understand way. Its one thing reading the information, another understanding it so people can make informed decisions about what they eat.

June 11, 2009 - 1:36pm
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