New York City thought so, and passed a menu labeling law in 2006, implemented in 2008. The results seemed to be mixed: ordering habits didn't change at fast food outlets in poor neighborhoods.
But another study of 12,000 transactions, found that the average order at 9 of 13 fast food and quick restaurants was 106 calories lower after the labeling law took effect. It was higher at four of the chains.
A new law proposed as part of the Affordable Care Act, passed in March, would require nutritional information labeling at retail restaurant establishments with more than 20 locations.
The FDA encourages comment by the food industry, state and local governments, consumers, and other interested parties. The docket number is FDA-2010-N-0298 at www.regulations.gov. The docket opened for comments on July 7, 2010, and will remain open for 60 days.
Hat tip to Food Safety News.