The Straits Times
Published on Sep 12, 2012

McDonald's adding calorie counts to US menus


(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp will begin telling diners next week how many calories are in its Big Macs (550) and french fries (500 for a large size).

The world's No. 1 hamburger chain said on Wednesday it is going to start listing calorie information on menus in some 14,000 United States (US) restaurants and drive-thrus - ahead of a national rule that will require larger restaurant chains to make the disclosures.

The state of California and cities like New York already require that calories be clearly listed on menus.

Under the new US healthcare law, restaurants must soon clearly post calories and other nutrition details on menus. The rules target restaurants with 20 or more locations, as well as other retail food outlets. Most major chains have resisted, without legislation and the threat of fines.