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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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An update:

It is now in affect and the results are about what I expected. I can't wait for this to spread, obesity is a serious problem and I feel this is at least a step in the right direction.
Knowledge is power!


Wednesday, July 16, 2008, 4:59 PM

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Read that this morning - I wish my state would do this! I have to admit, it wouldn't affect me much these days because I almost never eat out anymore, but the times I do - I would love to have this info available.

Fascinating results of this action BTW - knowing myself, this is what I thought the reaction would be, but you never know...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008, 5:46 PM

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I want a law requiring them to list ingredients in the food for those of is with food allergies. Dairy and wheat just do the worst stuff to me, and even when I ask I get get sandbagged.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008, 6:19 PM

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I wish that would happen here. Does anyone know how to help it pass. It has been proposed in Ottawa but the restaurant assoc squashed it. I hope it comes to Canada restuarants eventually. We have it for fast food and it does affect what I order.
I think it's unfair fast food has to do it but not restuurants.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008, 8:50 PM

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Just have to say that I love this! I was in NYC last week for work and having the calories posted everywhere was fantastic. It really helped me decide what to get (actually more like what NOT to get) and it clued me in to how high in calories some things really are. A single donut at Starbucks was 490 calories. You expect things like that to be high in calories, but it's different when you have the number right there in front of you. Someone in front of me ordered a large coffee drink and donut and it was about a 1000+ calorie order. Yowza. And that was probably just a midday pick me up. No wonder it's so easy to be overweight!

Monday, November 03, 2008, 9:41 AM

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Great for people dieting and those who could stand to be on a diet...terrible for people with eating disorders.
I suppose there are more people who need to lose weight than there are people with eating disorders, so it helps more than it harms. But my heart goes out to all the anorexics in NY - they now have yet another outlet for their obsession.

Monday, November 03, 2008, 5:02 PM

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I think it's extremely helpful for people to see that that little appetizer they're considering has 1500 calories, that the burger they want to get has 950 calories, and/or the dessert they want to share still has 1200 calories. Knowledge is power for the masses.

Monday, November 03, 2008, 7:26 PM

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I saw this in NYC over the weekend at a few Starbucks locations. It makes decision-making way easier!

I hope it catches on elsewhere.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008, 8:54 AM

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I live in NYC and believe me, it makes a difference!

It doesn't stop the craving/wanting of the specific chain food. You know that Wendy's and Chipotle and Burger King aren't healthy, but it helps with some choices.

If you want Chipotle, you're going to go get that Chipotle. But, it really helps stop that spur of the moment, oh I want chips and dip too! Or oh, I want a cookie. Because when you see that cookie/chips/etc are about 200-700 calories more, they suddenly aren't worth it anymore.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008, 5:32 PM

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Interesting point, 5:02

Never thought about it that way.

As for my own thinking on this subject, I'm more of a libertarian in these matters. Forcing businesses to adhere to yet another set of rules in order to "safeguard" the public is just a little too nanny-state for me.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008, 5:45 PM

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I think requiring a restaurant to only provide food that meets certain nutritional requirements would be an issue, but fessing up as to the nutritional data? It's just information...people can do with it what they want. And it's not much different than what's required of food that ends up on our grocery shelves.

I'd be very wary of a corporation who is unwilling to release their nutritional information! That can only mean one thing and it ain't good!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008, 6:28 PM

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