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Judge Stays NYC Order Requiring Calorie Listing

NEW YORK (CN) - Judge Robert Katzmann of the 2nd Circuit delayed the enforcement of New York City rules requiring some restaurants to post calorie counts next to prices on their menus.

The rules, scheduled to go into effect Saturday, were stayed until next Tuesday, when a three-judge panel can hear arguments on the case. They require any chain with at least 15 franchises nationwide - about 2,000 of the city's 23,000 restaurants - to list the calories for each menu item. City officials claim the forced calorie disclosure will encourage diners to make healthier choices.

The New York State Restaurant Association asked for the delay after losing its free-speech challenge last week in Manhattan Federal Court.

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