Following in the footsteps of Dems’ efforts to ban salt shakers from restaurants and former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to ban large sugary drinks, now Mayor Bill deBlasio is coming after New Yorkers’ salt shakers, and as you’ll see later, he has the full support of the FDA.
Fox Five News and the AP report that New York City plans to start enforcing a first-of-its-kind requirement for chain restaurants to use icons to warn patrons of salty foods after getting an appeals court’s go-ahead Thursday to start issuing fines. But it’s not the final word on whether the regulation will stand.
The novel rule took effect in December, and some eateries already have added the requisite salt-shaker-like icons to menu items that contain more salt than doctors recommend ingesting in an entire day.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio applauded the appeals court’s decision on what he called “a common-sense regulation that will help New Yorkers make better decisions and lead healthier lives.” The city won the first round of the lawsuit in a trial court in February; the National Restaurant Association appealed.
But penalties have been in limbo as the NRA fights the measure in court. That clash is ongoing, but an appeals court Thursday lifted a temporary hold on issuing the fines while the case plays out. Fines can be up to $600. The city will start enforcing the rule June 6.
“Today’s decision … will force the men and women that own New York City’s restaurants to start complying with this unlawful and unprecedented sodium mandate before the court has the chance to rule on the merits of our appeal,” the organization said in a statement.
It’s funny how the liberal salt Nazi deBlasio says this will ‘help’ New Yorkers make better dietary decisions, but he fails to mention that it forces restaurants to comply with yet more regulations. Sadly, the Food and Drug Administration is on his side…
According to the Free Beacon, the Obama administration is setting sodium limits for nearly every food imaginable, the latest in a series of efforts to change how Americans eat.
The voluntary standards are meant to nudge restaurants and the food industry into reducing the amount of sodium in foods they serve. And the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is offering its preferred salt amounts for everything from Gouda cheese to fish jerky.
The administration said the purpose of the sodium limits are to “support increased food choice.”
“Every day, Americans are getting too much sodium in their diet, and the majority comes from processed and prepared foods, not the salt shaker,” the FDA said. “That is why we have developed draft guidance with sodium reduction targets to encourage industry to gradually reduce sodium in a wide range of foods.”
The FDA has trained its targets on common foods such as French Fries, pizza, sandwiches, deli meats, pasta dishes, snacks, breads, and rolls. But the administration did not stop there, coming up with a list of 150 categories of food that restaurants should seek to reduce their sodium amounts.
Politico reported the new standards will “put significant pressure on food manufacturers and restaurants” to reduce the amounts of sodium they serve, and the FDA said its intended audience for the standards is the entire food industry.
Not only is this none of the government’s business, but it’s just plain wrong. I can attest to the fact that two people can consume basically the same foods and have completely different levels of sodium. In addition, there are numerous studies that question whether or not Americans are getting enough iodine, which is needed to produce thyroid hormones. That in turn affects proper bone and brain development.
While that aspect of the salt saga is important, the most important issue of all here, is that the government is slowly taking more and more control over every possible facet of our lives, and especially business owners engaged in free enterprise. They have put themselves in charge of everything from our guns to the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Many businesses are being forced to pay higher wages, and now restaurants have the added responsibility to be the health police.