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NYC Eateries Fight Law Requiring Calories Be Posted

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NYC Eateries Fight Law Requiring Calories Be Posted

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

The nation's largest city is trying, again, to make restaurants disclose how many calories they're putting into your mouths. And that's your last word in business today - calorie counts.

New York City wants chains like McDonald's to post calories on the menu boards up above the counter. A judge has already struck down this rule once, saying it would violate federal law. He told the city to rewrite it. Then the restaurants went to court again. Arguments came last week and we are awaiting a ruling. The restaurants say the rule would violate the First Amendment by forcing them to speak - putting what amounts to a message on the menu boards.

A lawyer for the restaurant association says companies are willing to make calorie counts more available to customers, but not on the menus. The restaurant lawyer says the companies quote "don't want to shove it down their throats." He's talking about the calorie counts, not the food.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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