Supes mandate restaurants post nutritional info

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Published on March 13, 2008 with 2 Comments


The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a law Tuesday requiring chain restaurants
to post nutritional information in an effort to stem rising rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Photo by Stephen Dorian Miner

By Stephen Dorian Miner

March 13, 2008

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation Tuesday requiring restaurant chains with 20 or more outlets to post nutritional information about the foods they serve to help customers make healthy choices.

Introduced by Supervisor Tom Ammiano, the ordinance follows New York City’s lead in mandating chains to post calorie counts, fat, and sodium content, in an effort to stem rising rates of obesity and Type-2 diabetes.

The new law amends the city health code requiring restaurant chains to disclose, “the total number of calories on menu boards and food tags, and the total amount of calories, saturated fat, carbohydrates and sodium on menus.”