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    New Jersey Says No to State Menu-Labeling Law

    New federal law expected to take effect nationwide in the beginning of 2011.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The state of New Jersey joined Oregon, Massachusetts and Nassau County, N.Y. in the fight against the new federal menu-labeling law, the National Restaurant Association reported.

    New Jersey officials notified the New Jersey Restaurant Association that the state will opt-out of implementing state menu-labeling rules set to take effect Jan. 1, the report noted.

    The state acknowledged that the new law specifically preempts all state and local mandates not identical to the federal standard governing calorie and other nutrition data-posting requirements on menus in covered chain restaurants the National Restaurant Association noted.

    The association also noted that the state of Maine has given a strong indication that they will follow suit, as it's looking to bring its enforcement in line with the Food and Drug Administration's enforcement of the federal law.

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