Overly salted foods see sodium label in NYC

File-In this undated image released by the New York City Health Department, shows a graphic that will soon be warning NYC consumers of high salt content. New York City is opening a new era in nutritional warnings this week: Chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes. The first-of-its-kind rule takes effect Tuesday. It will require a salt-shaker-like emblem on some sandwiches, salads and other menu items that top the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium. That’s about a teaspoon. (Antonio D'Angelo/New York City Health Department via AP)

NEW YORK (NEWS10) – New York City is beginning a new era in nutritional warnings.

Chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes. The first-of-its-kind rule will require a salt-shaker emblem on those items that top the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium.

That’s about a teaspoon.

The Board of Health approved the new warning in September. Public advocates cheer the measure. Experts say most Americans consume too much salt, raising their risks of high blood pressure and heart problems.

Salt producers say the city’s policy is misguided, and restaurateurs say the city should leave the matter to federal regulators.

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