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Fast-food Menu Calorie Counts Legally Compliant but Not as Helpful to Consumers as They Should Be

Published: February 24, 2012.
By Columbia University Medical Center
http://www.cumc.columbia.edu

Calorie listings on fast-food chain restaurant menus might meet federal labeling requirements but don't do a good job of helping consumers trying to make healthy meal choices, a new Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSON) study reports.


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