New York City salt warning law temporarily halted

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The New York appeals court temporarily halted the enforcement of a New York City salt warning law that requires restaurants to post warnings on menu items that are high in sodium on Monday.

This comes just days after a New York judge shot down a challenge by a restaurant trade group that sought to stop the New York City's Board of Health from enforcing the law.

The rule, believed to be the first of its kind, mandates that restaurants with more than 15 locations nationwide must post a salt shaker encased in a black triangle as a warning symbol next to menu items that exceed 2,300 milligrams of sodium — the daily limit recommended by many nutritionists.

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Fast-casual dishes are expected to get peppered with labels. Menu items that have been flagged include Chipotle's loaded chicken burrito and the grilled shrimp and spinach salad at Applebee's.

The National Restaurant Association argued against the law, saying the rule unfairly burdens restaurant owners.

The law was supposed to be enacted on March 1, with violators facing $200 fines. The New York Appeals Court's reason for halting the enforcement remains unclear.