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Salt warning label takes effect in New York City

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 10:13 AM

A new sodium warning requirement has taken effect in New York City restaurants.

The requirement took effect yesterday.

Diners who eat at chain restaurants will now see warnings on menus next to items that contain high levels of salt.

According to US media reports, the New York City Health Department says chain restaurants with 15 or more locations must display a salt shaker icon next to menu items or combo meals that contain  2,300 milligrams of sodium or more.

New York City is the first city in the US to require a sodium warning.

The rule applies to restaurants with 15 locations anywhere in the US.

Restaurants will have until March one next year to comply.

After that, they can be fined.