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New York City's Fast Food Menu Mandate

Posted by Jane Akre
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 11:41 AM EST
Category: On The Road, Major Medical, Protecting Your Family, In The Workplace
Tags: Wrongful Death, Toxic Substances, Defective and Dangerous Products


NYC will require fast food chains to post calories on the menu


  • Center for Consumer Freedom Web site 

In an effort to get New Yorkers to eat healthier, city officials have decided that fast-food chains must display the number of calories each fare offers.  The calorie count would be right on the menu, the theory being that consumers would then make healthier choices.   

A federal judge has argued that a previously issued rule by the Board of Health should apply to all establishments, not just those that had previously volunteered to post nutritional information on their menus.  Fast food establishments make up about ten percent of 23,000 eateries in the city. 

As for fast food giants like McDonalds and Burger King, that information is already available if customers search for it, albeit with a bit of difficulty (ala the film, Supersize Me).

Now restaurants will have to add the calorie counts to menus for all to see. Other establishments such as I-HOP would offer information to the public for the first time scaring customers by making them aware of exactly how many calories they are consuming.

Expect to see the new regulations in place by March 31st   if approved by the board which is expected.  The mandate applies to chains with 15 or more restaurants in the country and is part of an initiative by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to fight obesity and diabetes

New York is leading the nation in trying to impose healthier eating awareness and fight the obesity epidemic. Last year the city banned trans-fats in cooking oil.

The city’s Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden tells the New York Daily News, “Some people may choose to ignore (the calorie information) and that’s totally fine. But other people will sue it to choose healthier food.”   

Estimates are that regulations could prevent some 150,000 New Yorkers from becoming obese and reduce 30,000 cases of diabetes from developing over the next five years. 

No word on whether the New York Restaurant Association will sue again as it did when the first round of regulations were proposed. Justin Wilson of the Center for Consumer Freedom calls the city’s “Nanny-state public health policies.”  #




Anonymous User
Posted by V RAcer
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 6:17 PM EST

OK, let's fire any fatties on the Health Board. While they are at it, impeach any politico who is over weight, bar fatties from voting, don't let them teach impressionable children, no fat cops, no photos of fat people in magazines, and don't associate with fat people. There is plenty of calorie information out there now, so show no mecy in the Peoples Republic of NY.

Anonymous User
Posted by Tracy
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 12:42 PM EST

This isn't about being against overweight people at all. This is about making facts known so people can decide for themselves if they want to eat a certain product.

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