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New York City Mandates High Sodium Labels

Friday, September 18, 2015  
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Recently, New York City's Board of Health unanimously adopted an amendment that will require many chain restaurants to put a warning icon on menus and menu boards for food items deemed high in sodium content, starting Dec. 1, 2015.

The National Restaurant Association is evaluating next steps, including a possible legal challenge. In the interim, here are: 

Amendment as adopted by the Board of Health from Sept. 9
National Restaurant Association Q&A on the mandate, based on the language of the final amendment. 

An estimated 10 percent of menu items on the affected restaurants reach the sodium threshold, the Health Department said. And chains with 15 or more units account for about a third of restaurant traffic in the city, said Sonya Angell, the Health Department's deputy commissioner.

"If restaurants can adjust their recipes in such a way that it lowers the below the 2,300 milligrams, they don't have to put the information on the menu," Barrash said.

She added that the short timing before the Dec. 1 deadline could be the No. 1 challenge for restaurant companies.


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