County Legislator Joseph Meyers, D-Airmont, today called for a new county law to require certain eateries to post the calorie count in their food.
The â€œRockland County National Food Service Establishments Calorie Posting Lawâ€ would require an eatery that is part of a chain that has 15 or more restaurants to post the calorie court of their standard food items on their menus, including menus boards.
The law would not apply to menu items that are listed for sale for less than 30 days in a calendar year, Meyers stated.
“Providing calorie information is public health intervention and will help address the rapidly growing epidemics of obesity, diabetes and heart disease,” Meyers stated.Â “These diseases affect our entire society in terms of higher health care costs for everyone and higher taxes to support Medicare and Medicaid for the uninsured and underinsured. I am concerned that a result of the current economy more of our citizens will be frequenting fast food establishments.â€
He further stated, “The fact is that people who eat at fast food establishments consume more calories.Â It is important that people are provided with accurate calorie information from which they can easily make their own healthy choices. In the long run, I anticipate that some chains will improve their menus by offering selections lower in calorie count.”
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