Food Politics

Legally Mandated Menu Labeling Starts Today

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Part one of Philly’s extra-tough new menu labeling, which went into effect January 1, will start being enforced today. The new law requires chain restaurants with 15 or more locations to include calorie counts on their menus. As of April 1, those same restaurants will also have to include information on “saturated fats, trans fats, carbohydrates, and sodium, in addition to calories, with every item” on their menu. The second phase of the law makes Philly’s regulations the strictest in the nation. Why Philly?

Well, the Inky points to this data: “City Council approved the measure in 2008, after viewing data that showed the impact of chronic diseases related to diet - diabetes is diagnosed in 13 percent of residents, high blood pressure in 36 percent - broken down by district.” Tell that to John Stossel.

Phila.’s new law is going into effect

Legally Mandated Menu Labeling Starts Today