New York Food Police Strike Again
This time the culprit is, wait for it, salt!
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, has introduced a bill that would completely ban the use of salt in restaurant cooking.
“No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant, including food prepared to be consumed on the premises of such restaurant or off of such premises,” the bill, A. 10129 , states in part.
The bill proposes a $1,000 fine on restaurants for each violation.
Give me, oh PULEEZ, give me a break here. First of all even the Mayo Clinic doesn’t recommend a completely salt free diet. Salt, after all, is needed by our bodies for essential functions. And second, many dishes simply can’t be prepared correctly or flavorfully without the use of some salt. If this law is enacted say goodbye to pickles, kimchee, sauerkraut and any other pickled dishes; soy sauce, worcestershire sauce and many other condiments; and most importantly FLAVOR!
New York has an incredibly vibrant restaurant industry. This heavy handed attempt to impose unnecessary dietary restrictions on anyone choosing to eat out would have a very dampening effect on the business of many restaurants for no apparent public benefit. I realize it’s not likely to pass but, jeebus, don’t those assembly peeps have anything better to do with their time?
If you think the food police are getting a little too aggressive here’s a website where you can sound off.