Press Release

Take New NYC Sodium Guidelines with a Grain of Salt

Washington – Today, the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) fired back at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene after it announced preliminary sodium reduction guidelines for restaurants and food manufacturers. CCF warns that these new guidelines could cause many of America’s favorite foods to take an unfortunate turn for the bland.

CCF’s Senior Research Analyst J. Justin Wilson made the following statement regarding today’s announcement:

The New York Department of “Hype” is taking its guidelines and regulations too far in its effort to curb salt intake. New York City officials continually run interference in people’s lives and the everyday choices they make. According to a University of California study released in October, our bodies naturally regulate our sodium intake, ensuring that sodium levels remain within a certain range at all times. Therefore, New York City’s proposed guidelines could have little to no effect on New Yorkers salt intake.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s latest assault on salt once again shows city regulators are dead set on demonizing and regulating just about every aspect of New Yorkers’ lives. These sodium guidelines are the latest example of the city’s disdainful belief that when it comes to matters of personal health, the city knows best.

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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