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Calorie Counts Could Be On The Menu In Montgomery County

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A Starbucks in New York already lists calories on menu items.
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A Starbucks in New York already lists calories on menu items.

By Natalie Neumann

Calorie counts could be the newest item on some menus in Maryland's Montgomery County. The County Council is expected to pass the bill which would force chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus.

Proponents tell the Washington Examiner the rule would give consumers the information they need to make healthy eating choices. But restaurant owners say revising menus will cost them money. And they say it's the wrong time for such a change because many restaurants are struggling in the recession.

Earlier versions of the bill required restaurants with 10 or more locations nationally to post fat, sodium and calorie contents on their menus. The latest version would apply to restaurants with 20 or more facilities nationally and would only require calorie information.

A similar law is in effect in New York City.

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