NYC high-salt warnings: New York City High Salt Warning

Published: December 1, 2015

NYC high-salt warnings: New York City High Salt Warning, Starting Tuesday, diners at many chain restaurants in New York City will see warnings on menus next to items that are high in sodium, under a rule believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

The symbol of a saltshaker in a black triangle will warn customers about items that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, the recommended daily maximum. The city estimated that 10 percent of menu items will need the warning.

The rule is part of a measure, approved in September, that also requires the restaurants to post a clearly visible statement warning customers that high sodium intake can increase blood pressure and risk of heart disease and stroke.

It applies only to restaurants with 15 or more locations across the country, as well as concession stands at some movie theaters and ballparks, and violators will face a penalty of $200.

The measure represents the first high-profile public health policy pushed by Mayor Bill de Blasio. His predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg, targeted soda, trans fats and smoking, and he required restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus.

Americans are far exceeding their daily recommended sodium intake, and chain restaurants are a large factor, health experts say, with the average person consuming about 3,300 milligrams a day.

Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the city’s health commissioner, said in September that she hoped other cities would adopt similar rules in an effort to combat heart disease, which she noted is “the leading cause of death in the United States and in our city.”

Thanks @Applebees for adding the high sodium warning label to your menus ahead of 12/1! #WatchTheSalt

– Dr. Mary Bassett (@DrMaryTBassett) Nov. 30, 2015
Critics have said the rules place a burden on small businesses, and the National Restaurant Association said it was planning to file a lawsuit, according to Politico. The rules go “too far, too fast for New York’s restaurant community,” said Christin Fernandez, a spokeswoman for the group.


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