PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Chain restaurants in Philadelphia will soon be required to post sodium warning labels on certain menu items. Warnings will be shown for any menu item that has more than the recommended sodium total for an entire day, which is 2,300 milligrams.
The law was passed last year and takes effect at most chain restaurants Saturday.READ MORE: Delaware Gov. John Carney To Lift State Of Emergency Declared More Than Year Ago Due To COVID-19 Next Month
City officials hope the additional information will help people make better choices.READ MORE: Will The Ford Maverick Be A Game-Changer In The Auto Industry?
“One chain has a burger, with all the toppings, has 4,100 milligrams. So with this label, for the first time, customers can easily see which items are extremely high in sodium and if they choose to, they can avoid them,” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said.Uncooperative Witnesses Stall Lakewood Forest Fire Investigation, Prosecutor Says
Officials say Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of hypertension and premature deaths due to heart disease. Health experts say sodium is a big factor.