Sodium Regulations Passed in NYC

UnknownThe Board of Health unanimously voted in favor of the new bill that would require New York City chain restaurants to identify menu items with more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium. The new regulations will go into effect starting December 1st, but only for NYC restaurant with more than 15 chains nationwide. This includes McDonalds, Burger King, Panera, Subways etc. However, while these regulations will be implemented a lot will not effect these restaurant chains.

Surprisingly, many burgers and items on the menus of Burger King, McDonald’s and other fast food chains do not hold the regulated 2,300 milligrams of sodium to qualify them as marked items. Burger Business conducted research on McDonald’s cheeseburgers and concluded that one would need to eat four to reach the FDA’s daily sodium limit. Likewise, one would have to eat three Burger King’s Triple Whopper to consume the estimated FDA regulated sodium amount. Other chains like Wendy’s, Checkers, White Castle and Dairy Queen also do not use the regulated about of salt in their products to use mandatory labels. “It is possible that no fast-food chain in New York makes burgers that will get salt-shamed.” Red Robin, Chili’s and Applebee’s does have some menu items that are more than the recommended sodium amount that will need to be “salt-shamed.” Carl’s Jr. was noted to have a couple of items that were more than 2,300 milligrams in sodium, but Carl’s Jr does not have locations in New York and will not be required to label their menu’s.

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