While I was mourning over an overturned law that would require NYC restaurants to post calorie counts on menu boards, I nearly missed some good news on the same matter in my neck of the woods.
Here are the details:
By a vote of 42 to 31, the California Assembly [on 9/11/2007] made California the first state in the nation to pass statewide legislation requiring fast-food outlets and chain restaurants to provide nutrition information at the point of purchase – a move favored by 84 percent of Californians in a statewide poll last April. Commonly known as the menu-labeling law, Senate Bill 120 (Padilla/Migden) is seen as landmark legislation to help Californians make healthier choices.
When signed by the Governor, SB 120 will make California the first state to require chain restaurants and fast-food outlets to provide nutritional information for standard menu items. Specifically, the bill requires the number of calories to be posted on menu boards. Printed menus would provide the amount of calories, grams of saturated fat, trans fats, sodium and carbohydrates.
How cool is that? Being a Californian, this makes me a lot more excited than the pesky NYC law. No word on a proposed date it would go into effect, but I'll keep you posted. Let's hope it passes!