38G STUDY NOT WORTH ITS SALT: POL
By ANGELA MONTEFINISE, NY Post
The city is spending thousands of tax dollars to study a major menace to the city: table salt.
The Department of Health is planning to pay $38,000 to a consultant to conduct a four-month study of the savory mineral, then put together databases to track sodium levels in processed and fast food.
The department started its quest for the condiment consultant on April 8 as part of its initiative to lower salt intake launched last year.
While health officials tout its importance, the study has left critics with bad tastes in their mouths.
"I think it's a waste of city money," said City Councilman Tony Avella. "It's more nanny government. They tell us what to do, and they'll use studies to back it up and justify it."
Health officials scoffed at claims that the study is a waste, considering that heart attacks and strokes annually kill about 24,000 New Yorkers.
We know too much salt is bad already. I guess a salt tax is next on Bloomie's list. Why not just be do it instead of wasting time and money on studies? It's not like the council's going to stand up to you.