Breslin signs Albany County calorie labeling law

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin signed a law today (9/2) at Subway, in Latham, that would force chain restaurants to post the number of calories in each of their items on menu boards, menus and drive-thru menus. The law will go into effect in 60 days.

The law, which was sponsored by Albany County Legislator Tim Nichols, D-Latham, and co-sponsored by Chris Higgins, D-Albany. Its intention, the law makers say, is not to regulate what people eat, but instead give them more information about menu items so that they can make a more informed and healthy decision.

During the signing, Breslin said that by signing the law, Albany County is taking one \giant step in the fight against obesity. He also said it is his hope that soon, other restaurants in the county and region learn by this example and bring their calorie information to the forefront of their own menus.

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