Time Essay: A Guide to American Restaurant Menus

Bon appetit, consumers. Help is on the way. That inescapable roadside institution, McDonald's, has been fined $5,000 for mislabeling frozen orange juice as freshly squeezed, and calling a concoction "maple syrup" that had nowhere enough maple to stand up to the name. In addition to folks at the Golden Arches, Baskin-Robbins, the International House of Pancakes and Hamburger Hamlets have all been foiled by a Los Angeles campaign to enforce honesty in eateries: it is now against the law, for example, to describe a nondairy product as "cream," or lower-grade beef as...

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