The city has announced an initiative to eradicate 25 percent of salt from nearly all food products sold within the five boroughs. According to the Daily News, cereals, pretzels, potato chips, and canned vegetables, as well as fast-food favorites like fried shrimp and pizza, will be most affected by the changes. Though compliance is voluntary for now, companies are being asked to make the reductions by 2014 and several have already agreed. New York City officials expect that the initiative will have national implications as food providers change their recipes country wide. Salt companies have turned sour on the announcement, depicting it as the city’s attempt to “nanny the nation.”
Sheepshead Bites’ take?
First they came for the cigarettes, and I did not speak out—because I was not a smoker;
Then they came for the trans fatty acids, and I did not speak out—because I was not a McDonald’s patron;
Then they came for the salt, and I did not speak out—because I did not eat Lay’s;
Then they came for the booze—and it didn’t matter, since there was nothing left to eat or smoke when I drank.
(I dare you to come up with a better punchline.)