Restaurant group lawyers up against NYC salt law

Monday, December 7, 2015
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

spilled saltA legal food fight continues over New York City's requirement for sodium warning labels in some restaurant menus.

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

Stier

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, the National Restaurant Association has filed a lawsuit.

New York resident Jeff Stier, a senior fellow for the National Center for Public Policy Research, told OneNewsNow last week that a court challenge would happen. This passage, he says, was done in a more responsible manner than under former mayor Mike Bloomberg's soda ban.

"So I think in court, this has a better chance of holding up," he says. "But in terms of improving public health, there is no reason to believe it will."

Stier says there's no scientific evidence that labels change behavior.

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