Calif. Senate passes menu-labeling bill

SACRAMENTO Calif. Over objections by the California Restaurant Association, the state Senate on Thursday voted 22-17 to pass a bill that would force chains to post approximate calorie counts for all items directly on menu boards and also disclose fat and sodium content on printed menus.

SB120, by Sens. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, and Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, pertains only to chains of 10 or more branches and exempts daily specials and add-on options like cheese.

The measure now goes to the state Assembly. New York City has passed a calorie-posting law affecting large chains, and similar measures are under consideration in at least six states.