N.Y.C. orders chain restaurants to post calories

by Eric Schroeder
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NEW YORK — The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Jan. 22 passed a vote that will require restaurant chains in New York City to display calorie information on their menus and menu boards. The regulation, which takes effect March 31, applies to any New York City chain restaurant that has 15 or more outlets nationwide. Under those parameters, about 10% of New York City’s 23,000 restaurants will be affected by the rule.

"Obesity and diabetes are the only major health problems that are getting worse in New York City," said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, New York City Health commissioner. "Today, the Board of Health passed a regulation that will help New Yorkers make healthier choices about what to eat; living longer, healthier lives as a result."

The announcement comes a little more than four months after U.S. District Judge Richard J. Howell ruled fast-food restaurants in New York City would not be required to post calorie information on their menus and boards. Although Judge Howell struck down the earlier regulation pertaining to posting calorie information, he said at the time that it would not be pre-empted if it applied to all chain restaurants with more than a certain number of outlets.

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