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San Francisco mulls menu labeling

SAN FRANCISCO A member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Monday introduced an ordinance that would require chain restaurants with 14 or more outlets in California to post nutrition information on menus and menu boards.

Similar to statewide legislation that was vetoed by the Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year, the proposed city ordinance follows a move earlier this year by the board of supervisors to institute a voluntary program to encourage restaurants to stop cooking with trans fats.

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Restaurant Association has urged city lawmakers to consider changing the definition of “chain” restaurants under the requirement to include those with 25 outlets in the state, as well loosening the requirements for nutritional data. The group has urged that menu board listings be limited to calories and full-service menus listings should include only calories and fat, which would make the requirements less cumbersome for restaurant operators to communicate.

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