NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, November 30, 2015, 12:29 PM
The little salt shaker label warns people that the menu item contains 2,300 or more milligrams of sodium.
Many Big Apple restaurants will look a little different starting Tuesday.
The city’s new sodium warning labels must be added to the menus of large chain restaurants.
The labels — which look like little salt shakers — warn people that the menu item contains 2,300 or more milligrams of sodium.
That high amount of salt — which equals about a teaspoon — is the total recommended daily limit.
Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said New York City is the first municipality in the country to require the salt labels.
Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said New York City is the first municipality in the country to require the salt labels, which she expects will lead people to make healthier choices.
She said it’s particularly important because so many people eat out, and restaurant food is often high in sodium.
“Many people think that getting rid of a salt shaker is how you cut salt, but it’s not,” she said.
She spoke in Applebee’s in Times Square, which began adding warning labels to its menu ahead of the Dec. 1 requirement.
The chain restaurant had 32 items in its lunch menu marked with a salt shaker.
Zane Tankel, CEO of Applebee’s, admits that some of his chain’s menu offerings aren’t so healthy.
CEO Zane Tankel conceded some of the restaurant’s foods weren’t so healthy, but said the labels will let people make their own decisions on what to eat.
“We sell lousy food, we sell very healthy food. We sell food that is very tasty and enjoyable. Sometimes that’s in conflict with health. So you can choose whatever you like,” he said.
All chain restaurants with 15 or more locations will be required to add the labels.
If Health Department inspectors find that a menu doesn’t have the warning labels, the operators will be fined $ 200.