National Restaurant Association Challenges NYC Board of Health Authority on Sodium Mandate in Court

Published on : Friday, December 4, 2015

national restaurant associationThe National Restaurant Association filed a lawsuit today in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York challenging the New York City Board of Health’s authority to implement a sodium menu-labelling mandate that will pose yet another burden on the hardworking men and women that own and operate New York City’s restaurants.


“In this latest example of renegade regulating, the Board of Health overstepped its authority with an arbitrary and capricious mandate,” said Angelo Amador, Regulatory Counsel for the Association.


“The lawsuit we filed in New York State Court, contends that the New York City Board of Health lacks the authority to enact such a mandate, noting that under New York State law, the power to pass new legislation is reserved for the City Council,” said Angelo Amador, Regulatory Counsel for the Association. “Once again, the Board has acted without any legislative guidance and improperly sidestepped the people’s representatives on the City Council. The Board’s actions, as with the Beverage Ban before it, are arbitrary in their scope, reach and application.”


“As an Association, we advocated for a national menu-labeling standard on behalf of restaurants across the country to provide consumers with access to uniform nutritional information,” said Joan McGlockton, Vice President for Food Policy for the Association. “The Board of Health is using exclusions and loopholes to undo that uniformity on a local level and has acted outside of its scope. The restaurant industry continues its commitment to developing and offering lower-sodium options for consumers.”


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