Calorie count laws

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Calorie count laws are a type of law that require restaurant chains consisting of twenty or more locations nationwide to post food energy and nutritional information on the food served on menus, in a font equal to or larger than the size of the name of the item.[1] The law was first enacted in 2008 in New York City.[2] California was the first state to enact a calorie count law, which occurred in 2009.[3]

Restaurants that do not comply can be fined up to $2,000.[4]

Other localities and states have passed similar laws.[5]

Studies of consumer behavior have shown that in some cases consumers reduce calorie consumption and in others do not.[6]


  1. ^ "NYC calorie-count rule effective immediately: court". New York: Reuters. Apr 30, 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Rabin, Roni Caryn (July 16, 2008). "New Yorkers try to swallow calorie sticker shock". MSNBC. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "The New Calorie Count Menu Law for California Restaurants". Law Firm of R. Sebastian Gibson. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Requirement to Post Calorie Counts on Menus In New York City Food Service Establishments (Section 81.50 of the NewYork City Health Code)" (PDF). The Official Website of the City of New York. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Menu Labeling". Center for Science in the Public Interest. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Study: menu calorie counts don't impact choices for McDonald's eaters - Health & wellness". The Boston Globe. 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2014-06-21.