A requirement packed into the healthcare bill will require all chains with 20 or more locations to clearly display calorie counts for their menu items. The requirement, largely overlooked until the bill was signed into law today, will effect roughly 200,00 restaurants.
"The nutrition information is right on the menu or menu board next to the name of the menu item, rather than in a pamphlet or in tiny print on a poster, so that consumers can see it when they are making ordering decisions," says Sen. Tom Harkin, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, who wrote the provision.
It was added with general support from the restaurant industry which is currently trying to deal with different laws from different states and cities.
Some menu items, such a s specials that run less than 60 days, are exempt from the calorie requirements.