DALLAS, April 26, 2017 — American Heart Association (AHA) CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on today’s Court decision:
“The American Heart Association is pleased to learn that the National Restaurant Association has apparently abandoned its endless appeals to overturn New York City’s sodium warning labels. This finally puts to rest more than a year of unnecessary debate that stood in the way of patrons of certain New York chain restaurants being informed of the high sodium content in their foods choices.
This is a victory for consumers, who are now empowered to make choices about the foods they eat. It will undoubtedly help New Yorkers lower their risk of high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Hopefully, other cities across America will follow New York City’s inspiring example and do what’s right for the health of their citizens.
We are also optimistic that the Food and Drug Administration will continue to advance voluntary targets for the nation’s food industry to limit sodium in processed foods. We are committed to working closely with multiple organizations and stakeholders to support the FDA’s efforts, and to build on the powerful momentum coming out of New York City.
This is a long-fought victory for public health. Americans eat almost double the amount of the daily recommended sodium, which is why the AHA is leading the way to help everyone “Break Up with Salt” — our sodium reduction campaign.”
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