Pass the pepper and the warning label.
New York City is beginning a new era in nutritional warnings this week: Chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.
Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett discussed the first-of-its-kind rule Monday at an Applebee’s in Times Square.
The rule requires a salt-shaker emblem on menu items that top the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium. That’s about a teaspoon.
The rule takes effect Tuesday but chains have until March to update their menus before receiving a $200 fine.
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.
The Associated Press contributed to this article