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Law requires chain restaurants prominently post calorie counts

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Consumers will have an easier time finding nutrition information at restaurants as part of a provision in the health care reform legislation being signed into law Tuesday.

The new rules require more than 200,000 chain restaurants to display calorie counts on menus, menu boards and drive-throughs, making it harder for diners to ignore what they are eating.

The regulations apply to any restaurant with 20 or more locations, canceling out a growing number of state and city laws.

Many restaurants may currently post nutritional information in a hallway, on packaging or on the web only. This law requires them to list calories counts next to each menu items in the hopes of education consumers while they are deciding what to order.

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