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Judge Upholds Decision To Require Calorie Postings

April 17, 2008

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled to uphold the city’s policy requiring that calories be posted on some menus, saying that the law is a reasonable approach to the city’s goal of reducing obesity. The law is scheduled to take effect on Monday and applies to restaurants that have more than 15 outlets across the country. Fast-food chains like McDonald’s, as well as sit-down restaurants like Olive Garden and TGI Fridays would be affected by the new policy. Some restaurants like Starbucks and Chipotle have already started to post calories on menus. Although the rule will take effect on April 21, restaurants will be given a grace period to make the necessary adjustments, but as of June 3rd, those not in compliance will be subject to fines.

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