New York City’s salt warning rule was approved by the NYC Board of Health last year, but the city had been unable to enforce the legislation due to a ban spearheaded by opponents of the controversial salt icon. Last week, however, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court lifted the ban, making way for the new salt icons to be legally required on the menus of some 3,000 chain restaurants in NYC in an attempt to convince New Yorkers to shake their salty habit.


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The salt rule was approved as a tool to improve New Yorkers’ health by requiring chain restaurants to display salt warning icons next to menu items that have 2,300 milligrams (the total recommended daily limit) or more of sodium. Restaurants with at least 15 stores nationwide, including some theater chains and sport stadium vendors, will be required to add the icon to their menus.

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Some of the more prominent restaurant chains such as Applebee’s, T.G.I. Friday’s, and Subway have already started adding the icon to their menus. Now that the city can legally enforce the rule, restaurants that are not in compliance will face hundreds of dollars in fines.

Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the city’s health commissioner hailed the court decision. “This is really important to the health of New Yorkers,” she said. “We will be able to ensure that New Yorkers have the information they need to make better decisions about what they eat.”

Although it’s been proven that the average New Yorker consumes nearly 40% more sodium than the recommended daily limit, the warning label irked some food organizations, namely the National Restaurant Association. According to the NY Times, the association believes that the implementation of the rule would be costly to some small restaurant owners and franchisees.

Via NY Times

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