California will become the first state in the nation to require nutritional information on menus at chain restaurants.
The requirement comes after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation Tuesday which requires that the restaurants provide calorie count for food items on printed menus and boards.
SB1420, co-authored by Senator Alex Padilla, will mandate that restaurant chains with 20 or more locations must be compliant by Jan. 1, 2011.
By July 1, 2011 however, the law will require that calorie counts, as well as fat, sodium and carbohydrate content, based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet, be provided in brochure form at the point of sale and at drive-through windows.