New York Supreme Court Ruling A Victory for Sodium Reduction Efforts

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DALLAS, Feb. 10, 2017 — American Heart Association (AHA) CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on today’s Court decision:  “The AHA applauds the New York Supreme Court’s ruling on sodium warning labels.  This is a welcome resolution to more than a year of debates over whether or not certain chain restaurants in New York City should inform patrons about high sodium content in their foods.

This is a victory for consumers, who are better empowered to make choices about the foods they eat.  It will undoubtedly help New Yorkers lower their risk of high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.  Hopefully, other cities across America will follow New York City’s inspiring example and do what’s right for the health of their citizens.

Fortunately, the Food and Drug Administration is already advancing voluntary targets for the nation’s food industry to limit sodium in processed foods.  We are committed to working closely with multiple organizations and stakeholders to support the FDA’s efforts, and to build on the powerful momentum ensuing from today’s ruling in New York City.

Americans eat almost double the amount of the daily recommended sodium, which is why the AHA is leading the way to help everyone “Break Up with Salt” – our sodium reduction campaign.”

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