New York City health officials unanimously voted on Wednesday to require chain restaurants to add a warning label to menu items that contain more than the daily recommended amount of sodium, making it the first city in the United States to do so.
The rule requires restaurants to add a salt-shaker symbol next to food items that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, the maximum daily amount recommended by U.S. health officials. The rule will go into effect on Dec. 1.
Americans consume 3,400 mg of sodium on average every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The rule aims to improve the overall health of New Yorkers and contribute to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to reduce premature mortality by 25 percent by 2040, the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said.
The rule will apply to all restaurants that are part of chains with more than 15 locations across the country, which includes companies such as McDonald’s Corp and Yum Brands Inc, which owns the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC chains.