WATCH: Nutritional info on menus may be coming soon

Province moves ahead with legislation to help combat childhood obesity

The province is moving ahead with legislation which will require chain restaurants to put nutritional information on menus.

Health Minister Deb Matthews is acting off of a panel report and industry consultations.

If passed, this legislation would require restaurant chains and grocery stores with more than 20 locations to place calorie counts on menus and menu boards.

This would be for both food and drinks.

Matthews says it would also make restaurants give a contextual statement about the food, such as how many calories the average adult should consume in a day.

Food inspectors would be able to fine an establishment that didn't do any of this.

The goal is to give customers information they may not have in order for them to make healthy food choices. The province hopes it will counteract rising childhood obesity numbers, an issue the healthcare system has been struggling with.

This would not affect smaller restaurants.

This legislation only recommends posting calorie counts, with Matthews calling it a first step.

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  1. James posted on 02/24/2014 09:22 PM
    Maybe the stupid incompetent wasteful and corrupt liberals should work on fixing our crappy health care system that they have made worse instead of fussing over calorie counts. I need to see a neurologist and will need to wait until the fall to see on yet 10 years ago a friend saw this same doctor with only a 2 week wait.

    God help us if the idiot federal liberals win in 2015. Then our whole country will go to hell.
  2. john posted on 02/25/2014 11:55 AM
    if we keep these assholes in power it will turn into a nanny state .
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