First they banned blueberry muffins. Then, New York City banned trans-fat. Now, the Big Apple is going after salt. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing a plan to cut the amount of salt in restaurant food and packaged food by 25 percent.
He defended his latest crackdown by comparing salt to asbestos.
"If we know there's asbestos in a school room what do you expect us to do?" Bloomberg asked during a press conference. "Say it's not our business? I don't think so. The same thing is true with food and smoking and a lot of things."
Bloomberg is a Democrat turned Republican turned Independent mayor now in his third term.
"Salt and asbestos, clearly both are bad for you," he said. "Modern medicine thinks you shouldn't be smoking if you want to live longer. Modern medicine thinks you shouldn't be eating salt, or sodium."
The salt-reduction would be voluntary but it's not going over well with many chefs.
" I'm all for trying to make New Yorkers healthier people, but when it comes to him telling me how much salt to put in food, I have a problem with it," said Ed Brown in an interview with The New York Post. He owns a restaurant on the city's Upper West Side.
The owner of Momofuku Noodle Bar called the proposal "stupid and foolish."
It's not the first time the city's food police have raided our pantries.
-- The Big Apple forced chain restaurants to post calorie counts in their menus.
-- In 2008, the city banned artificial trans-fat from restaurants.
-- Last year the city banned blueberry muffins from New York City schools. The Education Department implemented a ban on bake sale. The new wellness policy also placed limits on what schools can sell in vending machines and student-run stores. "I think it's kind of pointless," Eli Salamon-Abrams told The New York Times. "I mean, why can't we have bake sales?"
Students used the bake sales to raise money for field trips, uniforms and equipment. Education officials suggested kids could still raise money - by hosting walk-a-thons or selling key chains.
Let's be honest, folks. Given the choice, would a teenager fork over cash for a double fudge brownie or a carrot stick?
-- Lawmakers also wanted to ban fast food restaurants near public schools. "Banning fast food around schools will have a measurable impact on student's lives," NYC Councilman Eric Gioa told Epoch Times. Advocates have even accused places like McDonalds of being predators and putting a Sonic or Burger King next to a grade school is a predatory practice. "NAAO believes predatory marketing of junk food escalates the child obesity health crisis," Meme Roth, president of National Action Against Obesity told Epoch Times.
Lawmakers believe the government has a responsibility to step in and make sure young boys and girls are eating healthy food.
Some folks think that's mommy and daddy's responsibility - not Uncle Sam's.
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