N.Y., Mass. Eye Statewide Menu Labeling

According to a news report from www.nrn.com, “Lawmakers in New York and Massachusetts are looking to enact statewide menu-labeling measures, just three months after California became the first state to require the disclosure of nutrition information at chain restaurants.”

“In Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday unveiled a new anti-obesity campaign that includes a menu-labeling provision. According to a report in the Boston Globe, the provision would require chain restaurants with 15 or more units to post calorie counts on menus and menu boards. The state’s Public Health Council is expected to approve the proposal next week and a final vote would follow a public comment period, the Globe reported,” said the story. “In New York, Gov. David Paterson, in his State of the State address Wednesday, called for a statewide menu-labeling measure that would require chain restaurants to post caloric content on their menus and menu boards. Patterson also called for a ban on trans fats in restaurants, a tax on sugared beverages, such as soda, and the discontinuation of “junk food” sales in schools as part of his Healthy Food/Healthy Communities Initiative. No timeframe has been set for implementing the proposals.”

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