This act requires food service establishments that are part of chains of 15 or more locations to post calorie content information on menus, menu boards and food tags. Note: the federal menu labeling law passed in 2010 may impact this law.
This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:
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We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.
See references to "children," " first graders," "second graders," and "teens" § 205-3.
See, e.g., references to "healthy eating and living," "healthy weight," "public health crisis," and "calorie content values." § 205-3.
Several findings are cited at Sec. 205-3. They include, inter alia: "That in 2007 36.15% of the children attending school in school districts in Ulster County were overweight or at risk of becoming overweight;" "according to the United States Centers for Disease Control, since the mid seventies, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased sharply for both adults and children;" and "a key recommendation of a recent Food and Drug Administration sponsored expert group report on obesity and eating away from the home was that "Away-from-home food establishments should provide consumers with calorie information in a standard format that is easily accessible and easy to use."" § 205-3.
Sec. 205-3(F) is not entitled "intent" or "purpose," but provides: "this article will require chain food service establishments in Ulster County to list the calorie content values of menu items on menus and menu boards. Such information, clearly displayed at the point of decision, will allow consumers in Ulster County to exercise personal responsibility and make informed choices for a growing part of their diets." § 205-3(F).
The Ulster County Board of Health may promulgate rules and regulations as may be necessary to outline parameters and procedures and as may otherwise be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this article." § 205-2(D).
"Any person who violates any provision of this article shall be guilty of a violation punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed $200 a day." § 205-5(F).
Sections 205-1 through 205-6 are located in Part II (General Legislation), Chapter 205 (Food Service), Article I (Menu Labeling). History: adopted 4-7-2009 by L.L. No. 1-2009.