McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Burger King are among the restaurants that unveiled new menu boards as a result of the law, which was part of a citywide anti-obesity campaign. After a two-year struggle that saw the original law struck down in a court battle, the law was to be enforced starting Saturday, July 19. Any restaurant that was not in compliance with the new regulations faced a $2,000-per-store penalty.
According to the Associated Press, there is not universal acceptance of the regulations yet. Several restaurants had hard-to-read information, while others had calorie counts for select items. Others had no calorie information at all. Approximately 2,500 restaurants in the city are covered in the regulation.
“I may put 15 [pieces of] pepperoni on a pie,” he explains. “Someone else may put 12. We don’t measure the amount of cheese we put on. If you put up roundabout numbers, how does that help anyone?”