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Warning labels for high-sodium dishes could come to NYC menus

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NEW YORK — New York City’s Health Commissioner wants chain restaurants to add warning labels on high-sodium dishes.

“Many people are under the impression that they can limit their salt by hiding the salt shaker and that’s wrong,” said Commissioner Mary T. Bassett.

Wednesday Bassett will go before the Board of Health and propose the 31,000 chain restaurants in New York City be required to add salt shaker icons next to menu items that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium. 2,300 milligrams is the recommended daily limit of sodium.

Bassett believes the sodium warnings will encourage New Yorkers to make healthier choices.

“High intake of sodium is an important contributor to high blood pressure and high blood pressure is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease,” Bassett explained.

PIX11 spoke to several fast food customers who said they believe the sodium warnings are a good idea.

“There’s a lot of obesity in new York city and just America in general I think it’s a good idea that we’re warned about what we put into our bodies,” said Jarel Stewart.

“That would be fantastic because I have high blood pressure and because I like everything that’s salty and I pick everything that’s salty and then I have a tremendous headache and I don’t enjoy my meal,” Mary Tune explained.