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Health Highlights: May 31, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

NYC Can Enforce Menu Salt Warning Rule: Court

New York City can enforce a rule requiring restaurant chains to include salt warnings on menus, a court says.

The rule requiring restaurants to place saltshaker in a triangle icon beside food items with high levels of salt (more than 2,300 milligrams) took effect in December, The New York Times reported.

While some restaurant chains started included the menu icon, other chains and the National Restaurant Association launched a legal challenge, and a court ruling prevented the city from enforcing the rule.

On Thursday, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court lifted the enforcement ban.

"This is really important to the health of New Yorkers," said Dr. Mary Bassett, the city's health commissioner, The Times reported. "We will be able to ensure that New Yorkers have the information they need to make better decisions about what they eat."

Posted: May 2016


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