Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Showing Us the Goods

Oh, yeah.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York today rejected a bid by a group representing 7,000 restaurants in New York City to halt the city code that now requires restaurants to post nutritional information on their food. 

The group claimed that these "calorie-disclosure rules" is unlawful. 

But masking the natural taste of a burrito (made from processed ingredients to give it a longer shelf life) with higher fat, higher calorie ingredients is fair.

Luckily, even the US FDA has backed the City's law to post nutritional information on everything from Pain Quotidien's croissants to Burger King's Whopper. 

Moreover, the losing side has stated that they probably won't appeal this ruling. This will lay the groundwork for more cities to follow the law of New York (and San Francisco and Philadelphia).

Now if we can just get some of the city's fattiest non-chain venues (say, Fatty Crab? Shake Shack? Per Se?) to show us their menus' calories (even if it's just online)...

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