NYC Health Department proposes high-sodium warning on menus

Last modified: 6/17/2015 12:45:04 AM
New York City’s Health Department wants all chain restaurants to warn customers about products that are high in salt.

The department voted recently to consider the proposal at a meeting of the Board of Health. All chain restaurants would have to add a salt-shaker-like symbol on menus next to products that contain more than the recommended daily limit. That’s 2,300 milligrams of sodium, about 1 teaspoon of salt.

Next there will be a public comment period. The final vote could come as soon as September and the warnings by December.

Overconsumption of sodium increases the risk of high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attack and stroke.

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