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City Cracks Down on Sodium With New Chain Restaurant Regulations

The new bit of legislation will only affect big chain restaurants.

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Yesterday, the Board of Health unanimously voted in favor of a new bill that will require NYC chain restaurants to put a symbol next to dishes with more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett notes: "This doesn't change the food but provides people with the information they need to make healthy food selections." The new regulations will go into effect starting on December 1, but only for NYC restaurants with more than 15 chains nationwide — including Panera, Subway, Applebee's, and big movie theater chains. NYC is the first city in the country to enforce such regulations. For what it's worth, New York State Restaurant Association President Melissa Fleischut is not pleased with this news. In a statement, Fleischut explains: "This is just the latest in a long litany of superfluous hoops that restaurants here in New York must jump through."

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