Some New Yorkers sour about salt

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
 | 
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

NY salt consumption labelThe Big Apple wants to take a bite out of sodium consumption, but not everyone is giving the idea rave reviews.

Chain restaurants in New York City are now required to put a salt shaker emblem (right) on menus that offer dishes containing more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium. That amount (about a teaspoon) is considered by many to be the recommended daily amount of salt.

Some individuals and organizations applaud the policy, as many health professionals say Americans generally consume too much salt and that it's something that can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems. However, New York resident Jeff Stier, a senior fellow for the National Center for Public Policy Research, says this isn't based on sound science.

"There's no scientific evidence that [labels] change behavior," he states bluntly. "The best thing we have to go on right now, short of a study on salt-warning labels, is the federally instituted mandatory calorie count and the New York City version of that, which came first. The New York Times reported [on Monday] that the calorie counts on menu boards aren't having the intended effect of getting people to consume fewer calories."

Salt producers also say the city's policy is misguided.

Stier

Meanwhile, restaurant owners and industry groups are upset with the fact that only chain restaurants are required to comply. Stier believes the issue will wind up in court.

"... Higher-end restaurants ... are currently exempt," he points out. "It's harder to enforce at the more expensive restaurants; and of course, imagine going into a higher-end restaurant and having your table littered with warning labels. So right now they're exempt, but there's no doubt they want to take this further."

Whatever the case, chain restaurants have until March to update their menus. Thereafter, violators will be fined $200.

Comments will be temporarily unavailable. Thank you for your patience as we restore this service!

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWS BRIEF

FEATURED PODCAST

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What's the most likely outcome of President Biden's proposed spending spree?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  Texas Senate advances bill allowing handguns without license
Firing of Atlanta officer who shot Rayshard Brooks reversed
Biden administration spending billions on shelters for illegals
Cheney paying price for her anti-Trump rhetoric

LATEST FROM THE WEB

The Derek Chauvin verdict is just the beginning
The cost of virtue signaling is getting high — and leading directly to a social credit system
Praying to God could be made a crime, lawmakers threatened with legal action
How COVID went from a virus to a partisan religion
Biden’s restaurant rescue plan blatantly discriminates against white males

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
'Return fraud' takes big bite out of retailers

Christmas tree ornamentIt's one of the biggest issues for retailers this time of year, and it's not the cash register ringing.