Calories, Carb Counts Coming to Philadelphia Menus

Another city will now require chain restaurants to post nutrition information about the food items they sell on menus and menu boards. This time, it’s Philadelphia, and the new requirements there will go beyond those in place in New York City and California; not only will calorie counts have to be posted on menu boards, but saturated and trans fat, sodium, and carbohydrates will have to be be disclosed along with calorie counts on printed menus.

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The Philadelphia City Council passed the new ordinance on Thursday, and it is set to take effect on January 1, 2010. The requirements will apply to restaurants with more than 15 outlets, including upscale restaurants, fast-food restaurants, and convenience stores that serve prepared food.

For my coverage of similar measures passed in California and New York City, see the blog entries “California Chain Restaurants Will List Calories” and “Nation’s First Trans Fat Ban Approved”.

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