The New York City law mandating that restaurants report high salt levels on menus is forcing those of us who eat out to avoid unpleasant nutritional truths to confront some ugly realities. And this week that law got a big boost.
Yesterday, a New York judge upheld the sodium regulation, originally passed in December 2015, that had been challenged by the National Restaurant Association. The law requires restaurant chains to put a salt shaker on the menu next to items containing high amounts of sodium – anything that exceeds 2,300 milligrams. Dishes are as wide ranging as Chipotle's loaded chicken burrito to Applebee's grilled shrimp and spinach salad.
"Information is power," Justice Eileen Rakower of New York state Supreme Court in Manhattan said while delivering her decision. The National Restaurant Association had filed a lawsuit against the city after the regulation had originally passed, saying it placed an arbitrary and unfair burden on restaurant owners. The NRA tried to build a correlation to the infamous NYC large soda ban, but the judge pointed out it’s not the same thing. No one is banning these salt-laden dishes, just providing enough information for customers to know what they are buying.