Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Chains May Need to Post Calorie Counts

The Sacramento Bee's Aurelio Rojas reports, "Over howls of "nanny government," the California Senate has approved (on May 31) legislation that would require chain restaurants with 10 or more locations to post calorie counts and other dietary facts about menu items. If approved by the Assembly and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, SB 120 would require table-serving restaurants to disclose the number of calories, grams of saturated and trans fat, sodium and carbohydrates for standard items. Because of space limitations, fast-food restaurants would be required to list only calories. Violators that do not comply with the requirements by Jan. 1, 2009, would be cited with an infraction, punishable by a fine not less than $50 and more than $500. The proposed legislation is modeled after a New York City law that takes effect July 1." sacbee.com

IN THE NEWS: The Mercury News Aleta Watson reviews owner-chef Michael Miller's Trevese (115 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos), while Tracey Kaplan visits Wooden Nickel Bar & Grill (1819 Freedom Blvd., Freedom). mercurynews.com ... MetroActive's Stett Holbrook reviews Hunan Taste (998 N. Fourth St., San Jose). ... FoodNotebook.com checks out Jeffrey's Hamburgers (42 S B St., San Mateo) and Gourmet Franks (199 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto).

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