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August 14, 2009

Re "Counting calories," Editorial, Aug. 10

The Times does a good job describing how easy it would be for restaurants to put calorie counts on menus. But the law would cover only one-fourth of the nation's restaurants.

Just as it would be inadequate for only 25% of banks to give financial disclosures, or only 25% of supermarkets to provide nutrition information on food packages, most Americans believe all restaurants should provide calorie labeling -- 71%, according to a June poll by KRC Research. That's also the position that many nutritionists and restaurant companies support.

Only neighborhood establishments for whom this is truly a burden should be exempt.

Steve Carley

Costa Mesa

The writer is president and chief executive of El Pollo Loco Inc.

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