Tag Archives: SODIUM

Philadelphia Mayor Signs Bill Requiring Sodium Warning on Menus

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed legislation last Friday that requires chain food establishments to include warning labels on menus next to items containing 2,300 milligrams (mg) or more of sodium. As previously reported on this blog, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed the legislation at the end of June 2018. Philadelphia is the second U.S. … Continue Reading

Philadelphia May Become Second U.S. City to Require Sodium Warnings

At the end of June 2018, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a bill that would require chain restaurants to place a warning label next to menu items that contain 2,300 milligrams (mg) or more of sodium. The warning would apply to printed and electronic menus, menu boards, and food tags, and would feature the … Continue Reading

NYC Wins Battle Over Sodium Warning Reqs

As previously covered on this blog, on September 9, 2015, NYC health officials voted unanimously to adopt the nation’s first sodium warning requirement.  The rule, which went into effect on December 1, 2015, applies to all restaurants that are part of chains with more than 15 locations nationwide.  Restaurants are required to display a salt shaker icon … Continue Reading

Scaling Back Sodium: GMA Comments on Short-term Sodium Reduction Guidelines

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) has requested that the short-term sodium reduction goals be extended to at least four years, and that FDA account for differing functional roles of sodium in its proposed sodium targets for certain food categories. As previously covered on this blog, on June 1, 2016, FDA issued a draft guidance document that provides … Continue Reading

Scaling Back Sodium – FDA Extends Comments Period for Draft Guidance

FDA has extended the comments period for its draft guidance regarding sodium reduction in food. As previously covered on this blog, on June 1, 2016, FDA issued a draft guidance document that provides voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry, specifically aimed at food manufacturers, restaurants, and food service operators.  The draft guidance sets forth … Continue Reading

FDA Draft Guidance: Scaling Back Sodium

FDA issues draft guidance to encourage food industry to reduce sodium added to food. According to FDA, average sodium intake in the U.S. is too high at approximately 3,400 mg/day.  Approximately 75% of total sodium intake comes from processed and commercially prepared foods.  For years, the Agency and the food industry have considered various approaches … Continue Reading

NY Salt Lick

Appeals court gives NYC the go-ahead to enforce sodium warning requirement. As previously covered on this blog, New York City (NYC) health officials have adopted the nation’s first sodium warning requirement.  The rule requires restaurants that are part of chains with more than 15 locations nationwide to post warning statements about high sodium consumption levels … Continue Reading

Salt Shake-up

NY appeals court grants interim stay for sodium warning. Just last week, a New York Supreme Court judge upheld New York City’s precedent-setting sodium warning requirement for chain restaurants.  Starting on March 1, restaurants that failed to display the required warning language to indicate high-sodium foods would have been subject to fines. On February 29, a New York appeals court … Continue Reading

Salt Signage Showdown

NYC sodium warning upheld in court. As previously covered on this blog, New York City (NYC) health officials have adopted the nation’s first sodium warning requirement.  The rule requires restaurants that are part of chains with more than 15 locations nationwide to post warning statements about high sodium consumption levels and to display a salt … Continue Reading

Postscripts

Parties settle “Made in USA” lawsuit in California. (subscription to Law360 required) As previously covered on this blog, a product may bear a “Made in USA”-type (MIU) claim in accordance with federal guidelines where “all or virtually all” of the product is made in the U.S.  Until a recent statutory change, California’s MIU claim standard had been … Continue Reading

Assault on Salt

Consumer advocacy group sues FDA to compel Agency action on sodium. Sodium reduction has been a hot topic for many years, with average dietary intakes remaining higher than the recommended value of 2,300 mg/day (or 1,500 mg/day for certain at-risk groups).  The food industry has embarked on voluntary efforts to reduce sodium levels in processed … Continue Reading

Sodium Sticker Shock

New York City adopts sodium warning requirement for chain restaurants. As previously covered on this blog, New York City’s (NYC) Department of Health proposed to require chain restaurants to add a sodium warning to menus and menu boards next to items containing more than the recommended daily intake of 2,300 mg of sodium. On September 9, … Continue Reading

NYC Gets Salty (About Sodium)

New York City considers adoption of sodium warning requirement for chain restaurants. In June 2015, New York City’s Department of Health proposed to require chain restaurants (with more than 15 locations across the U.S.) to add a sodium warning (such as a salt shaker symbol) to menus and menu boards next to items containing more than … Continue Reading

Curbing the Assault on Salt?

Scientists question empirical validity of current salt consumption guidelines. For decades, the federal government has advised the U.S. population to limit salt intake.  The current Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommend limiting daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg for most individuals and to 1,500 mg to special populations, including children, older adults, and … Continue Reading
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