MoCo Doesn't Want You To Get Fat

Montgomery County passes new menu rules

The Montgomery County Council wants to make sure you know exactly how many calories you're actually eating when you order that fried chicken salad with a side of honey-mustard dressing.

The council has approved a bill that would force chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus.  The measure was approved on an 8-1 vote Tuesday, with Council member Mike Knapp voting against it. The regulations would take effect in July 2010.

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

The law 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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