A federal court has ruled that NYC fast food restaurants must post calorie information on their menus effective immediately. Reuters reports:
A spokeswoman for the city law department said the city expects restaurants to begin complying with the rule by midnight on Tuesday.Honestly, I don’t see anything wrong with telling people what’s in their food, but, I’m not sure calorie-count is the worst offender; sodium, trans-fat, saturated fat, etc.
The health code provision, which affects businesses that have at least 15 establishments nationwide, requires that restaurants post caloric information on menus and menu boards in the same font and format used to display the name or price of the menu item.
In a lawsuit, The New York State Restaurant Association argued the rule is a violation of free speech and will make menus difficult to read.
After a judge ruled in the city's favor, the association asked an appeals court to delay the rule from taking effect until its appeal had been heard. That request was denied.