You Ignore Calorie Info For Yourself, But Not Your Kids

You Ignore Calorie Info For Yourself, But Not Your Kids

Parents apparently don’t do a great job choosing lower-calorie options for themselves when faced with calorie information on menu boards — but they do make low cal choices for their kids, says a new study. [More]

Should Vending Machines Post Calorie Counts?

Should Vending Machines Post Calorie Counts?

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog noticed that both health care reform bills currently making their way through our lovely government have provisions that require vending machines to display the calorie counts of items inside. [More]

So, Do Calorie Counts On Menus Help People Make Better Choices? Or Not?

So, Do Calorie Counts On Menus Help People Make Better Choices? Or Not?

There have been two recent studies concerning NYC’s menu labeling law. One said that the posted calorie counts had no effect — and the other disagrees. So, who is right?

Menu Labeling Controversy Reaches Congress

Menu Labeling Controversy Reaches Congress

California and New York City already require chains to display calorie counts alongside menu items, but if two Members of Congress have their way, menu labeling legislation will soon apply to chains and fast food restaurants throughout the nation. The Menu Education and Labeling (MEAL) Act introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) would go even farther than existing state and local regulations by requiring chains to disclose fat, carbohydrate and salt content on their printed menus. The food industry, of course, is supporting a more palatable bill with an equally snappy acronym…

Blimpie, Please Put Your Nutritional Info Back Online

Blimpie, Please Put Your Nutritional Info Back Online

NYC To Vote On New And Improved Menu Labeling Regulation

NYC To Vote On New And Improved Menu Labeling Regulation

The New York City Board of Health will vote today on a new regulation requiring calories on menu boards in New York City. The former rule was shot down by a federal judge who ruled that the regulation’s criteria for determining which restaurants would be required to post calorie information on their menus was illegal.

60 Minutes Tackles The Menu Labeling Controversy

60 Minutes Tackles The Menu Labeling Controversy

60 minutes aired a lengthy report last night on the menu labeling controversy, and all the usual suspects were in attendance.

New York City Proposes New Menu Labeling Regulations

New York City Proposes New Menu Labeling Regulations

NYC just isn’t giving up. They’ve rewritten the menu labeling regulation so that rather than making the menu rules dependent on whether or not the restaurant was already supplying nutritional information, all restaurants with more than 15 locations nationally will be required to put calorie info on the menus. This change puts them in accordance with federal law.

Schwarzenegger Vetos Menu Labeling Legislation

Schwarzenegger Vetos Menu Labeling Legislation

Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed California’s menu labeling legislation, claiming that the burden of having to post calorie info on menus was “unfair” and “inflexible.”

UPDATE: Judge Says States, Cities May Require Nutrition Labeling at Restaurants

UPDATE: Judge Says States, Cities May Require Nutrition Labeling at Restaurants

The judge in New York City found that the city’s menu labeling regulation is preempted only in one, easily fixable way.

Judge Tosses NYC Menu Labeling Regulation

Judge Tosses NYC Menu Labeling Regulation

UPDATE: Menu labeling isn’t dead yet, the CSPI says the judge objected to an easily fixable condition of the NYC regulation.

California Assembly Passes Menu Labeling Legislation

California Assembly Passes Menu Labeling Legislation

The California Assembly has passed legislation that will require chain outlets with 15 or more locations to place calorie info on fast food menu boards and nutrition information on restaurant menus. The rule applies only to standard menu items and not to daily specials or custom orders.

Seattle To Require Calorie Labeling At Chain Restaurants, Cut Trans Fat

Seattle To Require Calorie Labeling At Chain Restaurants, Cut Trans Fat

Seattle will be going trans fat free, according to the CSPI. Not only that, Kings County is also adding a calorie labeling requirement similar to that of NYC. NYC is currently being sued over the regulation by the a restaurant group representing most fast food chains. Subway has complied with the requirement and their menu is being used as an example in court.