NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has reduced soda cup sizes, banned certain unregulated foods from being delivered to homeless shelters and eliminated smoking in the city parks.
Now, he has targeted those salty foods that NYC residents love.
The Associated Press report on Jan. 11 stated that Mayor Bloomberg is continuing to push for a reduction in the salt ingestion of city residents and that 21 companies within the city have met voluntary goals to reduce their salt.
The products mentioned range from Butterball cold cuts to Heinz ketchups. Even Starbucks breakfast sandwiches are getting on board.
In 2010, Bloomberg set a goal to reduce salt levels by a quarter, and targeted 2014 as the end date.
NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley collaborated with Bloomberg and launched the campaign in early 2011.
"If we achieve our goal, we would talk about saving tens of thousands of lives," Farley said in a Jan. 11 New York Post interview.
Health officials and doctors have noted that Americans eat about twice as much salt as they should.