NYC asks food companies to cut the salt

NEW YORK - The New York City Health Department is asking food manufacturers and restaurant owners to cut down on the amount of salt they use.

Health officials plan to release guidelines restricting the maximum amount of salt in packaged foods, including frozen meals and canned vegetables. According to the department, eating too much salt can cause high blood pressure and other health problems.

The plan, which officials call the National Salt Reduction Initiative, will be voluntary and companies will not be penalized for ignoring the salt suggestions. Experts say Americans consume about double the amount of salt they should.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Suspected gang members arrested in the Bronx 1 VIDEO: Suspected gang members arrested in the Bronx
Police have released an image of the man 2 Police release image of alleged Beekman Ave. shooter
A whale stranded at Orchard Beach Sunday was 3 Crews euthanize stranded whale after rescue attempts fail
4 Neighborhood Brief for April 23
The Pentagon called for the Communist country to 5 Tensions rise between US and North Korea

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE