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ELBY's BIG BOY RESTAURANTS LISTS HEALTH FACTS ON MENU

 WHEELING, W.Va., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Elby's Big Boy Restaurants is way ahead of proposed Food and Drug Administration demands on restaurants to support health food and nutritional claims.
 The restaurant chain already lists nutritional information for every item on its "Health Smart" menu. According to Tony Michaels, vice president of marketing for Big Boy Restaurants, Elby's has listed nutritional information since it began offering a health-conscious menu nine years ago.
 "We want our consumers to be informed," explained Michaels. "If we are going to make a claim that certain menu items are healthy, we are going to back it up. We want our customers to know that certain menu items will fit into their diets or special health needs."
 Elby's offers a complete "Health Smart" menu that includes dinners, sandwiches and desserts. A chart lists protein, carbohydrate, fat, calorie, sodium and cholesterol levels for each item.
 An FDA official recently said the agency may require restaurants to support health claims advertised on menus. Restaurants could meet the requirements by showing state inspectors that their recipes meet the health claims. However, restaurants would not be required to include boxes spelling out nutritional contents of entrees.
 "We already provide more information than the FDA would require," said Michaels.
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 /CONTACT: Tony Michaels of Big Boy Restaurants, 313-755-8124/


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