Judge upholds ruling requiring NYC restaurants to use sodium warnings

March 2, 2016

According to the New York Times, Justice Eileen Rakower of State Supreme Court has upheld a measure in New York City requiring some restaurants to warn consumers about high levels of sodium in foods. 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 December 1, 2015, 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 mg of sodium — an amount many nutritionists say is the daily limit. Some chains in the city, like Subway, T.G.I. Friday’s, Applebee’s, and the Regal Entertainment Group, have already begun abiding by the sodium-warning rule, which is the first of its kind in the country.

The National Restaurant Association (NRA), which sued in December to block enforcement of the mandate, said it plans to appeal the judge’s decision. It also intends to seek “emergency interim relief” from the Appellate Division of the New York courts that would stay enforcement of the law pending that court’s decision.

NY Times article

NRA statement