Excessive salt intake can cause high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes. New York has become the first city in the United States to demand that chain restaurants put salt warnings on their menus in a measure unanimously approved by the health board.
The city health department said, "High sodium intake is dangerous. It is linked to increased blood pressure and risk of heart disease and stroke. With a simple menu icon and statement to alert restaurant customers which items have exceedingly high sodium, New Yorkers will have easily accessible information that can affect their health."
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has committed to reducing premature mortality by 25% by 2040.