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The California State Assembly has approved a bill that would require the disclosure of specific nutritional information – including calories, fat content, trans fats, carbohydrates and sodium – at all chain restaurants with at least 20 units in the state.

However, the information can be provided through a variety of means, including point of sale posters, menus, table tents, tray liners, brochures and kiosks. The variety of options was diverse enough to earn the bill the approval of the California Restaurant Association, which labeled the legislation both responsible and sweeping enough to help its members avoid a “patchwork of local regulations.”

The bill now goes to the State Senate and then, if approved there, to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for his signature.

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