Proposed Salt Ban in New York


salt-in-foodSome New York City chefs and restaurant owners are taking aim at a bill introduced in the New York Legislature that, if passed, would ban the use of salt in restaurant cooking.“No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant, including food prepared to be consumed on the premises of such restaurant or off of such premises,” the bill, A. 10129 , states in part.

The legislation, which Assemblyman Felix Ortiz , D-Brooklyn, introduced on March 5, would fine restaurants $1,000 for each violation.

“The consumer needs to make their own health choices. Just as doctors and the occasional visit to a hospital can’t truly control how a person chooses to maintain their health, neither can chefs nor the occasional visit to a restaurant,” said Jeff Nathan, the executive chef and co-owner of Abigael’s on Broadway. “Modifying trans fats and sodium intake needs to be home based for optimal health. Regulating restaurants will not solve this health issue.”

Nathan is part of the group My Food My Choice , which calls itself a coalition of chefs, restaurant owners, and consumers, called the proposed law “absurd” in a press release issued on its Facebook page.

Ortiz has said the salt ban would allow restaurant patrons to decide how salty they want their meals to be.

“In this way, consumers have more control over the amount of sodium they intake, and are given the option to exercise healthier diets and healthier lifestyles,” Ortiz said, according to a Nation’s Restaurant News report.

But many chefs and restaurant owners said they are tired of politicians dictating what they can serve and what people can eat. They have opposed the city’s anti-sodium and anti-transfat campaigns.

“Chefs would be handcuffed in their food preparation, and many are already in open rebellion over this legislation,” said Orit Sklar, of My Food My Choice. “Ortiz and fellow anti-salt zealot Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City seek to undermine the food and restaurant business in the entire state.”

The American Heart Association encourages Americans to reduce their sodium intake and has advocated the reduction of sodium used by food manufacturers and restaurants by 50 percent over a 10-year period.

{MyFox New York/ Newscenter}


  1. Who wants to go to a restaurant for bland food? Salting the food after it has been prepared leaves food tasting both bland and salty at the same time. It’s the wrong way to go!

  2. This is crazy! First the sugar tax, now this?!
    When NY made it illigal to smoke anywhere- that was the beginning. Nothing to do with whether you smoke or not, but once we let them get away with taking away our civil liberties, now they’ve taken it another step (and they’ll keep going)

  3. in answer to #4 you can do plenty without salt..i used to cook and the people werent allowed to have salt, so instead i used the other spices and mrs.dash..and let me say they loved the food..and take it from me, about 20 years ago i had a bet with my sister of who wouldnt add salt to their food..she lost after one day..and Baruch Hashem i have been keeping to it and its mamish 20 years..and it takes a while getting used too..if i can do it, you can do it too..have a great Shobbos.. and by the way i only add salt by Lechem Mishne.. 🙂