The New York City (NYC) Board of Health has reportedly amended Article 81 of the NYC Health Code to require food items containing more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium to be singled out on menus and menu boards with a salt-shaker icon and an accompanying warning statement. The initiative affects restaurant chains with more than 15 locations nationwide, and the mandated warning must state that the “sodium content of this item is higher than the total daily recommended limit (2,300 mg).
“Many others recognize the important public health impact of excess sodium intake, and I am hopeful that others will follow suit,” Health Commissioner Mary Bassett, was quoted as saying.
The warnings will take effect on December 1, 2015, and reportedly apply to about 10 percent of menu selections offered by chain restaurants covered under the amendment. Violators of the regulation will face $200 fines. See The New York Times and Associated Press, September 9, 2015.