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McDonald's: Not Posting Calorie Counts on NYC Menu Boards

McDonald's: Not Posting Calorie Counts on NYC Menu Boards

July 1st, 2007 marks the day that restaurants in New York City are required to begin posting calorie counts on menus in type that is at least as large as the price. Some restaurants, however, are not having it.

Word has it that Burger King, McDonald’s and Wendy’s are among the chains planning to defy New York City’s new rule (Taco Bell and KFC aren’t commenting on the matter), while waiting on a lawsuit in federal court they hope will get the new regulation thrown out. The restaurants say that the new regulation makes for a massive eye sore on a menu board in their NYC eateries, but a healthy advocacy group says that the restaurants are just afraid that when people see these eye-popping calorie numbers, they might switch to a smaller size and lose revenue.

In the end the city won’t fine anyone for violating the rule until October 2007, so I think it's going to be an ugly battle until then.


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neenskeeez neenskeeez 6 years
I think it would be nice to know what you are putting in your body. But then again, how is this the responsibility of the restaurant? Better yet, the State. If someone really would like to know how many calories are in what theyre eating, look it up. That is imposing on rights of the restaurant.s
StilettoHeeled StilettoHeeled 10 years
oops! forgot to mention, i'm in nyc...
StilettoHeeled StilettoHeeled 10 years
oh i'm ashamed to admit it, but i was in a taco bell last week, and they had their calories posted. let me tell you, it definitely made me think twice (not to mention really guilty) about what i was about to consume. sigh.
DCStar DCStar 10 years
Wow, I think this is great. All restaurants should post calories. I think there's a rule that they have to exist somewhere you can ask for them, but come many of us do that? I'd love to see it, and I think a lot of less educated people who eat regularly at mcdonald's would get a quick lesson! Just like cigarette packaging, eating a lot of this unhealthy food can be hazardous to your health.
uptowngirl1999 uptowngirl1999 10 years
I think this is a great thing, but agree the companies are sweating because people might realize how many calories are really in their food. I also think it will be like smoking, people will do it no matter what. Some just don't care. However, that being said. They could use selective truth telling when doing this. Ever seen a nutrition table for fast food restaurants. They will list the burger, then seperately list out how many calories on in each of the condiments. So the burger can be 350 calories (hypothetical example), but add the mayo, pickles, ketchup, onions, etc. and you can rack up the calories. Anyone know that cheese helps pack on the calories too? Yup! So technically I suppose they could say that A-Burger is 350 calories. But will the calories listed include the fries and soda? And if so, what sizes does it pertain to? Not to encourage this, but the fast food companies can get away with more than they think.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
Yuck. I don't know how people can eat that :SICK:
purrtykitty purrtykitty 10 years
i'm on the fence on this one. while i agree that consumers should be aware of what they are putting in their bodies, i don't think McDonald's (and company) should have to shell out in order to inform consumers of the bad decisions they are making. besides, i don't think the calorie content posted next to a meal is going to deter people from ordering that particular item. it may work for some, but in all honesty, people who are that calorie-conscious either already know the calorie content of what they are ordering, or don't eat at fast food establishment. while i agree that restaurants should make nutrition information readily available so that people can make informed decisions, i also think consumers need to take some responsibility and stop blaming the restaurant/fast food industry for america's weight problem.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
I think they need to have the information available (dont they always have the info on a poser on the wall at McDonalds?) for people who ask for it. However in terms of forcing someone to see it . . . . to be perfectly honest I dont want to know. In Latin America (or maybe just where I am) they started putting the nutrition info right on the packaging. So when I pull my french fries out of the bag suddenly there is a nutrition label staring me in the face, it's right on the little cardoard container. It completely ruined my meal. I would have preferred not to see it :P I mean I know it's bad, but now and then I want a treat. . ..
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Ooo, I think if this catches on in California I might get thinner. If I actually have to look at the calories and fat as I'm ordering, I don't think I'd even go into those places anymore, or certainly much less often than I do now.
mellie_608 mellie_608 10 years
Great idea! I know that it's easy to avoid the truth, especially when in the drive thru line during a hunger frenzy. It's hard to avoid it when the calorie count is staring you in the face. I think we would all like to say that we a smart consumers, and should know better when it comes to what we put in our mouths. I just know that when it's easy and convenient, calories are often overlooked. Even a "healthy" salad comes with fattening dressing. Collectively, it's nice to have some regulation out there, that give knowledge to those who may have a tough time in self-control. It would be a wake-up call to me to see the truth in calories, and not be able to avoid it!
sassy3lady sassy3lady 10 years
I'm glad to see that NYC came up with this one. We deserve to know how many calories there are right up front.
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
YYeeeaaah, cause they have something to hide and know that this will affect their sales when the public can finally flat out see the damage.
sunshyne sunshyne 10 years
this topic burns me up. the eyesore excuse is bogus! we all know that if you saw 600 calories next to a sandwich or a burger on the menu board, you wouldn't buy it. not to mention the added calories of the fries and drink. if you saw those numbers add up before your eyes, like you do your bill at the end of the order, you wouldn't order none of it! it's simple, these defiant restaurants want you to continue to buy their food. if they continue to defy, i'm having my own personal boycott. :-) i'm just saying.
syako syako 10 years
I actually posted about this issue today in my blog. I think that having calories posted on the menu board is ridiculous. But I also believe that having the information public is very important (whether it be on a Website or in a pamphlet form at the restaurant). NYC is being impractical about this issue. If you want to read more about it (and my thoughts on it) go to my blog
poetess poetess 10 years
Consumers, then, must take responsibility for what they are putting into their bodies. Does anyone really believe that those fast food places are healthy?
daiane daiane 10 years
fair enough
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