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This May 2, 2012, photo shows a sign advertising job openings outside a McDonalds restaurant in Chesterland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) This May 2, 2012, photo shows a sign advertising job openings outside a McDonalds restaurant in Chesterland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)  

McDonald’s to post calorie information at all US locations

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Fast-food diners beware: Blissful ignorance will meet its demise Monday.

Next week McDonald’s will begin posting the calorie counts of all its menu options in locations nationwide, the company announced Wednesday.

“At McDonald’s, we recognize customers want to know more about the nutrition content of the food and beverages they order,” McDonald’s USA president Jan Fields said in a statement. “As a company that has provided nutrition information for more than 30 years, we are pleased to add to the ways we make nutrition information available to our customers and employees.”

The fast-food titan has already begun post nutrition information at restaurant locations in cities and states that require it, including California and New York City.

In addition to promoting health through information, the company will also begin offering more health-conscious options such as egg white Egg McMuffins, CBS Detroit reported.

Last year McDonald’s began offering healthier side options in Happy Meals and this year instituted a ““Favorites under 400 calories“ initiative for the London Olympics.

The chain has been criticized in recent years as a contributor to the nation’s obesity problems.

The Financial Times notes that as part of Obamacare, the Food and Drug Administration is currently working on rules that would require all U.S. restaurant chains to post this kind of nutritional information.

McDonald’s menu will continue to feature Big Macs, Chicken McNuggets, Quarter Pounders, French fries and other fan favorites, but customers will have to face the calories they are consuming: 550 calories, 940 calories (for 20 pieces), 520 calories and 500 calories (for a large order) respectively.

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