New York considers salt warnings while San Francisco tackles soda ads
Two of America’s most iconic and populated cities are on the verge of passing new measures in the interest of public health.
Today, health officials in New York City will propose adding a warning next to menu items from chain restaurants that contain more than the recommended daily limit for sodium. According to the USA Today, the health department proposes requiring a salt-shaker symbol next to these items in order to clearly let consumers know which items contain high amounts of salt.
Nearly 3,000 miles away in San Francisco, the city’s board of supervisors voted Tuesday on a trio of measures targeting sugar-sweetened beverages including unanimous approval of an ordinance that would require warning labels on advertisements for beverages containing more than 25 calories per 12 ounces, excluding milk and fruit juices, the Associated Press reported.
Under the ordinance, advertisements—be they on billboards, bus shelters, pedi-caps, etc.—would be required to carry the message “Warning: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.” Cans and bottles do not need to carry the warning.
The measure prohibits advertising for sugary drinks on city-owned property while the third bars the city from purchasing any of these beverages to be sold or distributed.
The measures will need to be voted on again at a second supervisors meeting next week and receive approval from the city’s mayor, according to CNN Money.