Mass. Approves Tough Calorie-Labeling Rules

Law360, New York (May 13, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Massachusetts has adopted strict rules forcing fast-food chains to display calorie information on their menus or menu boards, in a move that has drawn opposition from the restaurant industry.

The Massachusetts Public Health Council approved the regulations on Wednesday not long after similar laws passed in California and New York City. But unlike California, which became the first state last fall to impose calorie labeling requirements on chains including McDonald’s Corp. and Yum! Brands’ KFC, Massachusetts’ regulations will extend to drive-throughs.

Under the state’s rules, food...
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