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June 2008 Issue

NYC Wins Right to Make Chains Reveal Calories

Restaurant chains in New York City that have more than 15 outlets nationwide will now be required to prominently disclose the calorie counts of their dishes on menus or menu boards. The mandate was the outcome of a legal battle between the restaurant industry and New York City’s health department, making it the first municipality to win in the courts on such a regulation. While the ruling was issued in April, restaurants will only begin to be fined for noncompliance this month. The new law will not apply to most white tablecloth restaurants or small delis, pizza shops or family-owned restaurants.

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