updated 7/18/2008 4:49:35 PM ET 2008-07-18T20:49:35

Several big fast food chains say they have finally begun obeying a new rule requiring some New York City restaurants to post calorie counts right on the menu.

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Burger King and McDonalds were among the chains that began changing their menu boards Friday after months of resistance.

A city health department rule requiring the switch has been in effect since May, but legal action delayed enforcement until now.

Starting Saturday, restaurant chains that fall under the rule will face fines of up to $2,000 per store for not disclosing calorie information in a prominent spot on their menus.

Many city restaurants still looked unprepared for the deadline on Friday.

The rule only applies to chains with 15 or more locations nationwide.

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