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Politico reports that "the National Restaurant Association plans to file a lawsuit against New York City's health department over its requirement that chain restaurants post warning labels on foods that contain more than the recommended daily limit for sodium."

This rule, the story notes, "requires chains with 15 or more locations in New York City to display a warning symbol — a salt shaker inside a triangle — if a menu item has more than 2,300 milligrams of salt."

“While the Board of Health thinks they are targeting corporate chains, in reality they are dealing yet another blow to many of New York’s small businesses that have been working and continue to work hard to provide nutritional access to their customers," Christin Fernandez, an NRA spokesperson, said in a prepared statement.

The Politico story goes on to say that "the looming legal battle is reminiscent of fights between restaurants and the Bloomberg health department, which banned trans-fats and imposed calorie menus.

"In 2012, when the city's Board of Health passed a rule limiting the size of sugary drinks, the National Restaurant Association, along with many others, sued to block the regulation. The New York State Court of Appeals ruled the board 'exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority'."
KC's View:
I think this is good information for consumers to have. I don't think that restaurants do their patrons - or themselves - any favors when they resist the opportunity to provide it.