Salty items will get warning labels in many Philly restaurants

Philadelphia becomes the second big city to require high-sodium warnings.

Mike DeNardo
September 14, 2018 - 12:38 pm
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UPDATED: 1:50 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — You may not realize it, but some dishes at chain restaurants may pack more than a day's recommended sodium content. The city of Philadelphia wants you to be aware of that.

Mayor Jim Kenney signed a bill on Friday requiring chain restaurants to put a sodium warning on menus, alerting diners to items that have more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium. 

That menu alert would consist of the words "sodium warning" with a picture of a salt shaker.

City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown introduced the bill, concerned about heart disease and high blood pressure among Philadelphians. 

Council adopted the bill before its summer break. The law would affect Philadelphia restaurants that have 15 or more locations nationwide.

Philadelphia becomes the second big city to require high-sodium warnings. New York did so in 2015.

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KYW Newsradio's Pat Loeb contributed to this report.