New York to Require Restaurants to Label High-Sodium Food
Beginning December 1, major chain restaurants in New York City will be required to add a salt shaker symbol next to food items that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium. That requirement was unanimously approved by New York City health officials on Wednesday.
Americans consume an average of 3,400 mg of sodium every day, which is well above the maximum daily recommended amount of 2,300 mg.
This rule will apply to restaurants with more than 15 locations throughout the country, including McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and KFC.
Those in the restaurant industry argue the rule will hurt business by imposing unnecessary regulations.
The rule is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s push to reduce premature mortality in the city by 25 percent by 2040.
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