Following a delay of federal rules requiring restaurants, retailers and other foodservice establishments to post calorie counts, New York City has agreed to postpone enforcement of its comparable municipal codes until May 7, 2018, matching the implementation date of the federal rules. Nat’l Assoc. of Convenience Stores v. New York City Dep’t of Hygiene, No. 17-5324 (S.D.N.Y., stipulation filed August 25, 2017). The plaintiffs filed a lawsuit July 2017 to prevent the city from enforcing a municipal regulation requiring calorie and nutrition information to be posted in their establishments. The plaintiffs stipulated that they will “encourage” their members to comply with the municipal code “to the extent those provisions impose requirements that are identical to the requirements” of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations. In addition, the parties agreed to delay arguments on the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction and the city’s motion to dismiss until May 2018.

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