Sodium Initiatives

Diets high in sodium can increase your blood pressure and risk for heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and in New York City. Learn more about the link between sodium and health (PDF).

Sodium Warning Rule in NYC Chain Restaurants

NYC is the first city in the nation to require chain restaurants to post a warning icon next to menu items that contain at least 2300mg of sodium. The proposal was passed unanimously on September 9, 2015 by the NYC Board of Health, and requires restaurants with 15 or more locations nationwide to post a warning icon next to high sodium menu items and a message about the health risks of high sodium intake.

New Yorkers will now have the information necessary to make informed decisions about their diets and their health.

The Sodium Warning Rule Media Campaign and Consumer Information
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For Chain Restaurants

We invite you to let us know of any changes in your menus and will work with you to avoid having violations unnecessarily cited against your stores. You can let the NYC Health Department know that a menu item has been reformulated and no longer requires the warning icon by emailing If satisfied that the item no longer merits an icon, we will instruct our inspectors not to cite menus for not having one next to it. Similarly, you may also contact us if you erroneously receive a violation citing an item which contains less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium.

National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative (NSSRI)

The National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative is a national effort to reduce sodium and added sugar in the food supply. The Health Department coordinates this innovative public-private partnership to help prevent heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes by encouraging major food companies to make specific voluntary commitments that will make packaged foods healthier.

Sodium News and Announcements