The new law, expected to get President Barack Obama's signature Tuesday, will require more than 200,000 chain restaurants to put calorie counts on menus, menu boards and drive-throughs. It will apply to any restaurant with 20 or more locations, superseding a growing number of state and city laws.
The idea is to make sure customers see calorie information as they are ordering. Many restaurants may currently post nutritional information in a hallway, on a hamburger wrapper or online. The law will require them to list calorie counts next to each menu item.