The Board of Health in New York recently passed a controversial provision which would require chain restaurants to place a marker next to menu items that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, approximately one teaspoon’s worth of table salt.
Chains aren’t thrilled about the decision, as they worry that the indicators will negatively affect sales of certain menu items. Though salt limit is extraordinarily high, it is expected that it would apply to about 10 percent of New York chain menu items.
Restaurants have been granted until March 1st to implement the labeling changes. Some have responded by simply cutting down the amount of salt in dishes which exceed the limit, eliminating the need to mark them altogether.
The National Restaurant Association, though, has a different approach in mind. They’ve decided to file a lawsuit, in an attempt to revoke the new regulation. In a statement, they argued that; “With the Sodium Mandate, the Board has required the disclosure of just enough inaccurate and controversial information about sodium in certain food items to cause far reaching negative consequences rather than help consumers and reduce public health risks.” Which foods will be marked with these cautionary omens, and whether this will affect the overall health of New Yorkers, is yet to be determined.
Featured photo by Dubravko Storic.