Because New York City is So Large, That’s Why

By January 11, 2010General, Regulations

From The Daily Caller’s morning e-mail roundup:

Salt more dangerous than heroin, according to health officials — NYC health officials will release “draft guidelines” today “suggesting the maximum amount of salt that should be in a wide variety of manufactured and packaged foods,” the AP reports. This announcement follows closely on the heals of a free guide to shooting heroin, which the health department released last week. While the salt guidelines recommend a “20 percent drop in [sodium in] peanut butter” and “a 40 percent decline in canned vegetables,” Take Charge Take Care, a how-to guide for junkies, recommends that heroin users “take care of their veins” and “prepare drugs carefully.”

There’s merit in lowering sodium content, and The Wall Street Journal today reports, “Food Makers Quietly Cut Back on Salt.” But how is it that city leaders think they should be leading the charge on this? Even voluntary plans like NYC’s impose costs, create uncertainty and encourage litigation. Given Mayor Bloomberg’s regulatory predilections, who knows how long it will be before mandatory restrictions enter the debate.

Still, we’re anxious to give that no-salt corned beef brisket a try. Kosher dill on the side, please.

As for The Daily Caller, it’s the new online venture formally launched today by Tucker Carlson. Think or Huffington Post, with original reporting and commentary.

Washington Post’s media reporter, Howard Kurtz, had a good piece on the enterprise this morning, “Tucker’s Excellent Adventure.” Wyoming financier Foster Friess is backing The Daily Caller with $3 million in funding, and Carlson is counting on ad revenues. Good luck!

UPDATE (5:15 p.m.): From Walter Olson’s, “NYC’s ‘astonishingly presumptious” salt plan“: “Because it requires the participation of restaurant chains and food manufacturers, it will, if successful, affect the diet of the entire country,” notes Jacob Sullum. Ira Stoll offers a reminder “that, as the government assumes a larger share of health care costs, it is increasingly able to use that as a justification to intrude into personal decisions or private enterprises, whether it’s a matter of smoking policy, trans-fats, or salt.”

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