On Wednesday the famously public health-focused mayor proposed a ban on the sale of large-sized sugar-sweetened beverages — that includes sodas, sweetened teas and coffees, energy drinks and fruit drinks.
In addition, chain restaurants and retailers will be required to have full nutritional information — not just calories — for standard menu items available on site, and they will have to post a statement about the daily recommended caloric intake of 2, calories.
This rule is required for all chain restaurants with 15 locations or more nationwide, affecting approximately 3, restaurants and about 1, food retailer chains. Starting May 22, the Departments of Health and Consumer Affairs will begin enforcing the updated calorie labeling rules by educating businesses during regular inspections.
On August 21, both agencies will begin issuing notices of violation subject to fines for not following the updated rule. We are proud to join the Health Department in taking a national lead in enforcing this law as part our patrol inspections of chain food service establishments, like convenience and grocery stores.
Numerous cities, counties and states followed suit, and in calorie labeling requirements became a part of the Affordable Care Act. InNew York City updated its longstanding Health Code rule requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information for menu items, but delayed enforcement in anticipation of an identical federal rule that would make calorie information available in chain restaurants and chain food retailers nationwide.
Earlier this month, the federal government announced it would delay enforcement of these rules for a year, and the City has decided to enforce its updated calorie labeling rules as planned. New Yorkers can look forward to several improvements in chain convenience stores, grocery stores and restaurants as a result of the updated calorie labeling rule, including: Calorie information about prepared foods sold in chain convenience stores and grocery stores.
A new statement on menus and menu boards at all chain restaurants, chain convenience stores and grocery stores to give more information about calorie needs.
The sodium warning rule also states that these restaurants must post a warning where customers place their orders that high sodium intake can increase blood pressure and the risk of heart disease and stroke.
In Aprilthe Health Department announced the end of its legal battle with the National Restaurant Association over the sodium warning rule. As of May 12,nearly 9 out of 10 NYC chain restaurants were in compliance with the sodium warning rule. New Yorkers can also find health information for restaurant menu items on MenuStat.
For more, visit menustat. For more information on calorie labeling requirements, visit nyc. I hope to work in partnership with City Hall to expand these efforts and tackle the labeling of nutritional information that impacts diabetic and pre-diabetic New Yorkers, such as glycemic index GI and glycemic load GL.
Preventative health is the best medicine, and consumer education is critical to that mission. This is a priority I've been fighting for in Albany and am pleased New York City will enable restaurant diners to have nutritional information before ordering meals.
Bassett for consistently leading the charge on progressive health policies. Other jurisdictions with their own state and local menu labeling policies should once again follow New York City's lead and go ahead and implement their policies, especially in grocery and convenience stores, which increasingly compete with restaurants for Americans' away-from-home food dollars and have been trying to lobby their way out of providing calorie information to their customers.
Being fully informed about exactly what is in their food is a key step to empowering consumers to eat smarter by making healthier choices that are right for them.Meanwhile, supporters of the new rule say restaurants need to be held accountable for the unhealthy items they serve, and that displaying calorie count info will help consumers make better choices.
Though calorie counting has fallen in and out of favor over the years as a way to diet, most weight-conscious people do it to some extent. That means comparing the calorie counts shown on food labels and on display at chain restaurants. One study done at fast food restaurants in New York found no change in the average number of calories people ordered in the six years following the start of menu labeling there.
Dec 01, · In New York City, menu label mandates began in Back then, people reported that they saw and used calorie counts more often than people did in restaurants without labels. May 09, · In this May 3, file photo, information cards provide calorie count and price for food items on display at a Whole Foods store, in New York.
Dec 22, · Even as restaurants talk about smaller portions, they continue to serve a full day's worth of calories in a single meal — or even a single dish.