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Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States
Phase 2 (would go into effect January 1, 2011)—Calories must be listed on menus, menu boards, and food display tags next to the menu item. Drive-thrus shall continue to have a brochure available upon request and must have a notice that the information is available.
Note: San Mateo County, San Francisco City and County, and Santa Clara County had menu labeling ordinances that included sodium, but they were superseded by passage of the statewide legislation.
Montgomery County, Maryland
Requires chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets nationwide to display calories on menus and menu boards, including drive-thrus, for standard menu items (on the menu for at least 60 days per year). Additional nutrition information (including total fat, saturated fat, sodium, fiber, and sugars) will be provided in writing on the premises upon request.
The menu labeling requirement was planned to go into effect July 1, 2010.
Requires chain restaurants with 15 or more outlets nationwide to visibly post calorie information at the point of purchase for all regular menu items. The policy would require these restaurants to post the number of calories of each regular item in plain view on all of their menus, menu boards, and food tags; restaurants also were required to provide information about each regular menu item’s sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, and carbohydrate levels available at the consumer’s request in the restaurant.
The point-of-purchase calorie information bill was planned to go into effect January 1, 2011; the provision of other nutrition information took effect January 1, 2010.
Note: Multnomah County had an ordinance to disclose sodium information, and Lane County had introduced a similar proposal, but these were superseded by the passage of the state legislation.