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Canada's "Informed Dining" program is being implemented at 17 restaurant chains and counting. The program, according to The Canadian Press, lists calorie counts and nutrient counts such as fat, sodium and sugar.
Thus far, 17 chains have signed up to implement the program voluntarily, including A&W, Dairy Queen, Tim Hortons, McDonald's, Subway, Quiznos, Boston Pizza and Pizza Pizza. It is expected to be in place by the end of the year.
To indicate which restaurants are participating in the program, a yellow icon with a pink "I" in the center will be displayed. The nutritional information can be included on the menu, in a brochure or on a website.
The information will be standardized as established by the British Columbia government, which originated the program in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association and the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association.
The Informed Dining program has been in place for nearly two years in BC and is mandatory for health care institutions and schools, and voluntary for restaurants.
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