Congratulations to California on being the first state to pass a calorie labeling law.
Unlike other cities and counties that have passed a similar bill, California is taking a two-step approach.
First, "beginning July 1, 2009, [restaurants] will be required to provide brochures containing nutritional information including number of calories and grams of saturated fat."
Calorie information on menu boards, meanwhile, must be implemented by January 1, 2011.
"The new law applies to restaurants with 20 or more locations in California, which includes more than 17,000 eateries."