N.R.A.: N.Y.C. labeling rule 'disappointing'

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The National Restaurant Association said the decision by Judge Richard J. Holwell of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to uphold a New York City health code provision requiring certain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards is "extremely disappointing."

"Its flawed approach won’t ultimately help consumers receive nutrition information that is useful to them," said Dawn Sweeney, president and chief executive officer of the N.R.A. "If this is allowed to go into effect, there could be a patchwork quilt of confusing and contradictory local regulation.

"A significant number of the largest chain restaurants in the country are already providing nutrition information in a host of different ways, and the trend is that more are offering detailed information in convenient forms every day, including brochures, posters, in-store computer kiosks and web sites.

Ms. Sweeney said the N.R.A. is committed to working to establish a uniform policy "that provides consumers access to accurate and relevant information in a way that is meaningful to them."

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