Ont. Liberals introduce menu calorie count bill

Hamburger and fries at restaurant. (Files)

Hamburger and fries at restaurant. (Files)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

TORONTO — Ontario introduced legislation Monday that would require chain restaurants to post the calorie count of food and alcohol items on menus.

Health Minister Deb Matthews said the government bill, if passed by the Ontario legislature, would apply to all restaurants, convenience stores and grocery outlets with 20 or more locations in the province. It would also have a six-month grace period to allow time for the menu change.

“It will be as big as the price and beside the price,” Matthews said. “I want this to be really easy for consumers.”

The proposed law would be enforced by public health inspectors and carry penalties of up to $1,000 a day for an individual and $10,000 a day for a corporation found in violation of the requirements.

The Making Healthier Choices Act is aimed at food and alcohol sold for immediate consumption.

The affected companies will have to publish a “contextual statement” that helps educate patrons about their daily caloric needs -- about 2,000 calories a day for the average adult.


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