Philly mayor signs restaurant nutrition bill

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - December 18, 2008 The restaurants will have to display calorie and fat levels and other information at the time of purchase.

The law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2010, and follows similar legislation in New York City, California and elsewhere.

The Philadelphia ordinance applies to restaurant chains - including coffee shops, ice cream parlors and convenience stores - with 15 or more stores. It will require eating establishments to tell customers about calories, saturated fats, trans fat, carbohydrates and sodium.

Philadelphia was once labeled the fattest city in the land by Men's Fitness magazine.

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