NYC’s Salt Warning Label Gets a Green Light from Appeals Court

Almost certainly here to stay.

New York City’s contentious salt warning label has survived another legal challenge in court. The state’s Appellate Division ruled Friday that the city “acted legally, constitutionally and well within its authority” when it ordered chain restaurants around town to put a salt-shaker-of-death-style symbol next to dishes that have at least a day’s worth of sodium (about a teaspoon’s worth). With the National Restaurant Association’s attorneys, restaurant owners wasted no time suing to block the label at the end of 2015. However, the panel of judges writes that warning labels do just that — warn that there’s a lot of salt in that quadruple-bacon burger, or whatever — but don’t interfere with customers’ ability to buy it regardless, which is where the Board of Health would’ve run afoul of the law. “Now New York City residents can be confident they’ll continue to see those warning icons,” City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett notes.

The NRA, which isn’t used to losing these kinds of fights, says it will continue “exploring all of our legal options moving forward” to overturn this “costly and onerous burden on all New York City restaurateurs.”

Appeals Court Gives Green Light to NYC’s Salt Warning Label