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New York Requiring Calorie Info on Menus

New York passed a law requiring all restaurants with 15 locations or more put calorie information on their menus.
Unfortunately, since this first article there has been a delay on the roll out. I wish this was implimented country/world wide. I think all ordered food should have readily abailable nutrition info. It would really increase awareness of what we are eating.

"Judge rules city can require restaurant chains to display calorie counts
Thursday, April 17th 2008, 4:00 AM
A federal judge gave the city the green light on Wednesday to force fast-food chains to list calorie counts for items on menu boards - a change many New Yorkers welcomed.
"The more information the better," said Barbara Kadish, 60, a retired teacher from Tudor City, Manhattan.
Carol Dawson, 58, of Flushing, Queens called the plan "an excellent idea." Too often, she said, she orders by "the picture and my appetite. But this will raise my awareness."
Not everyone was celebrating Judge Richard Holwell's decision to allow the city to require restaurants with at least 15 outlets to prominently post calories on their menus.
The restaurant industry, which sued to block the plan, vowed to appeal.
"We think the higher court will find in our favor. We think restaurants should have flexibility in the manner in which they provide this information," said Chuck Hunt, executive vice president of the New York Restaurant Association's city chapter.
The Health Department has battled harsh resistance from fast-food favorites since it ordered them to post a menu item's calories alongside its price on bright menu boards.
"This is a victory for all New Yorkers," declared Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden. "I'm hopeful the restaurant industry will accept the judgement and become part of the solution."
The Health Department estimates the regulation will prevent at least 150,000 New Yorkers from becoming obese and 30,000 of them from developing diabetes in the next five years.
The policy is set to go into effect on April 22 but enforcement of fines won't begin until June 4.
"It doesn't hurt anyone to add the calorie information," said Joe Bermudez, 64, a retired economist who is borderline diabetic. "I have to be careful about what I eat."

"Federal judge upholds New York City's calories-on-menus law
Wednesday, April 16th 2008, 1:20 PM
A federal judge upheld a city regulation Wednesday requiring calories to be posted on the menu boards of some chain restaurants, calling the rule a reasonable approach to health officials' goal of reducing obesity.
The judge turned back a challenge from the New York State Restaurant Association, a voice for the food service industry.
"It seems reasonable to expect that some consumers will use the information disclosed ... to select lower calorie meals ... and these choices will lead to a lower incidence of obesity," U.S. District Judge Richard Holwell said.
New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene believes the regulation, which takes effect Monday, will prevent 130,000 New Yorkers from becoming obese and will stop another 30,000 from developing diabetes over the next five years.
"We just want people to have the information available to them to make healthful decisions," said department spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti.
The new rule applies to restaurants in the city that are part of chains with at least 15 outlets across the country. That includes fast-food places like McDonald's and such sit-down chains such as Olive Garden and T.G.I. Friday's.
The city Board of Health voted unanimously in January to approve the regulation, a new version of a rule that had been struck down by a judge last year after a challenge from the restaurant association.
"We don't object to people doing it voluntarily," restaurant association spokesman Chuck Hunt said Wednesday in an interview before the ruling was released. "Our problem was the government agency forcing them to do it. We think restaurants should be able to determine from their customers how they want to get the information."
It was not immediately clear whether the association would appeal.
Some restaurants including Starbucks and Chipotle have already started to post calories on menus. The health department said it will not start fining restaurants until June 3.
New York City, which banned trans-fat-laden cooking oils from all restaurants last year, is believed to be the first U.S. city to enact a regulation requiring calories on menus.
Since then, California lawmakers and those in King County in Washington, which includes Seattle, have considered similar bills."

"Restaurant chains delay calorie count
Wednesday, April 23rd 2008, 4:00 AM
A city rule requiring fast-food chains to post calories on their menu boards hit another snag Tuesday when restaurant industry bigwigs filed legal papers to put the rule on hold pending appeal.
The move likely will further delay the start of the policy, which was set to go into effect on Friday.
The New York State Restaurant Association this month lost its latest battle to block the plan in court but vowed to appeal.
They asked a judge yesterday to reconsider putting the rule on hold pending the outcome of the appeal. He denied them the first time.
The rule would require all food establishments with 15 or more outlets to prominently post the calories on menu boards. Starbucks and Subway have already made the change.
Enforcement of fines is scheduled for June 6. "

*all articles from NY daily news.

Mon. Apr 28, 12:47pm

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Wonder how long it will take to get this implemented. I think it is great. We should be able to know what we are eating.

The restaurants will fight it to the bitter end.

Monday, April 28, 2008, 1:15 PM

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some restaurants here in the city have already implemented - two that I've seen personally are Starbucks and Chipotle.

Really makes you think twice about what you that I know that the Starbucks pound cake is 400 cals, I won't be buying or eating it anymore.

Monday, April 28, 2008, 3:54 PM

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I think this is great--I wish all restaurants would provide nutrition info for their food. Not surprised that a lot don't want to comply, though.

Monday, April 28, 2008, 4:49 PM

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I agree I love the idea! I do believe that prices may rise because they find any reason to do this, but it would be so nice to be able to make an informed decision on what I am eating, when eating out.

Monday, April 28, 2008, 9:39 PM

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I was at Subway the other day and the wrapper was telling me that my delicious lunch only cost me 480 calories YAHOO ...meanwhile a big soccer group came and sat down... a few moments later a few people from that goup who deviated over to the Wendy's across the street came in with their burgers and fries and cokes...

I KNOW their wrapper wasn't telling them about their 1540 calorie 60 fat gram consumption!...but what happens when it is right there on the meal you are carring around??

I think this will be a boon to healthy food places and could do some good....maybe.

Monday, April 28, 2008, 9:50 PM

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