City Council bill would require chains to post warnings for sugary foods

By Yoav Gonen

Fast-food fans are going to have to slow down to read all the warning labels on the menu if legislation introduced Wednesday in the City Council becomes law.

A bill authored by Councilmember Mark Levine would require chain restaurants to post warning notices next to each food item that contains more than 12 grams of added sugar.

That’s in addition to the postings already on the books for high sodium content and calorie counts.

“No city has done this yet, but New York is backsliding in the fight against obesity and diabetes, and helping people improve their diet is key to getting those trends moving in the right direction,” said Levine (D-Manhattan), who chairs the council’s Health Committee.

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