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Menu Labelling Goes National

According to the Los Angeles Times:

Two federal lawmakers have introduced legislation to require fast-food and other chain restaurants to post calories on menu boards and food display tags. The chains also would have to put information about calories, fats, carbohydrates and salt on printed menus.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) on Thursday introduced the Menu Education and Labeling Act, called the MEAL Act for short. They said it would help consumers make more informed choices about the nutritional content of the food they are ordering.

California is not alone in its quest to label everything. Here is a New York Times article about NYC’s restaurants being forced to post calorie counts on their menus.

That’s bad news, at least for me. While these labels won’t make me give up my morning McDonald’s Bacon, Egg and Cheese bagel (I know it contains at least 20 billion calories a bite), they will for sure raise its price.


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