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Appellate Court Upholds New York City’s Salt Warning Law

On February 10, an appellate court upheld New York City’s groundbreaking requirement that chain restaurants warn diners about menu items containing dangerous levels of salt. Under the law, chain restaurant menus must display a salt shaker warning icon alongside any menu offering containing more sodium than is recommended for consumption in an entire day. A challenge by the National Restaurant Association argued that the new disclosure law violated the separation of powers, imposed arbitrary and capricious burdens on business, violated restaurants’ rights of “free speech,” and was barred by federal law. The court rejected each of these arguments.

“This opens the way for state and local innovation across the country, to empower consumers to make healthier choices about their own diets," said Public Health Law Center Director Doug Blanke. The New York court relied on a friend-of-the-court legal brief developed by the Public Health Law Center. Learn more.