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Indiana menu-labeling bill advances

INDIANAPOLIS Indiana's House of Representative on Wednesday passed a bill that would require local branches of chain restaurants to provide a wide array of nutritional information to customers at the point of purchase.

The proposed law would require restaurants with 20 or more units in the state to list not only each menu item’s calories, but also the fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, fiber, sugar and protein. The calorie and carbohydrate information would have to be posted on a menu or menu board. The other information could be on another printed document available to customers at the point of sale.

The bill now goes before the state Senate, which is currently in recess but scheduled to reconvene Monday.

If passed, the law would go into effect July 1. Violators would be subject to a fine of up to $1,000 per violation per day.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected].

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