New York City Can Require Sodium Warnings, Judge Rules


Saying “information is power,” a judge has upheld a measure in New York City requiring some restaurants to warn consumers about high levels of sodium in foods, the NEW YORK TIMES reports.

The measure, which the Board of Health unanimously passed in September, applies only to restaurants with 15 or more locations nationwide. The restaurants were required to have the warnings up by Dec. 1, and fines were to go into effect on March 1.

It required restaurants to place small images of saltshakers next to menu items high in salt. To earn the image, an item has to contain at least 2,300 milligrams of sodium — an amount many nutritionists say is the daily limit.