Philadelphia Takes Step Forward To Inform Consumers About High-Sodium Restaurant Meals

Statement of CSPI President Dr. Peter G. Lurie

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The Philadelphia City Council Public Health and Human Services Committee’s vote today to require a warning label next to high-sodium dishes served at chain restaurants is a critical step forward in public health efforts to address heart disease and stroke.

The warning label would identify for consumers those dishes that contain their sodium limit (2,300 milligrams or about one teaspoon) for an entire day. 

Americans currently consume far more salt, or sodium, than they should—and that excess is contributing to cardiovascular disease.

If the Philadelphia City Council approves this measure and it is signed into law by Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia will become the second city – New York was the first in 2015 – to take this step to giving consumers the information they need to make informed decisions to protect their heart health.