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MAYOR, HEALTH CZAR HIT FOR \”HYSTERIA\’ IN PUSHING SODIUM REDUCTION IN FOOD
NEW YORK CITY— It is a gross overreaction and a national disgrace that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his health czar Thomas Farley are pushing for a 25 percent sodium reduction in manufactured foods sold in New York City, says Orit Sklar, national spokesperson for the grassroots, city-based coalition My Food My Choice. Since manufacturers would have to change their entire food product line for New York City, then the city is effectively setting policy for the entire country.

NEW YORK CITY— It is a gross overreaction and a national disgrace that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his health czar Thomas Farley are pushing for a 25 percent sodium reduction in manufactured foods sold in New York City, says Orit Sklar, national spokesperson for the grassroots, city-based coalitionMy Food My Choice. Since manufacturers would have to change their entire food product line for New York City, then the city is effectively setting policy for the entire country.

Although the mayor for now claims this is a voluntary campaign, the city administration can pressure restaurants and food companies with its immense licensing and enforcement clout. It seems that Mayor Bloomberg has decided his subjects are not smart enough to enjoy the freedom of choice, yet he is known to be very fond of salt, even salting his toast and his pizza.

This campaign, if implemented as planned, will greatly affect the city’s ethnic cuisine. New York’s ethnic restaurants are world renown and this campaign will drastically affect the quality and taste of food.

“Imagine an Italian restaurant trying to serve low salt cheese and low salt anchovies. Who would want to eat it?” said Sklar.

The city is being criticized for trying to make guinea pigs of the entire population. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department has been asked to run a large-scale trial to determine the impact of salt reduction in the diet as it relates to the health of the general population, but this has never occurred. “So, because there has been no trial determination or any science to back up the mayor’s sodium reduction campaign, this campaign irresponsibly puts the city’s entire population into the largest clinical trial in history”, says Sklar. “In fact, a series of studies by a New York hypertension group led by Dr. Michael Alderman, MD, Professor of Public Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Past President of the American Society of Hypertension and on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Hypertension and the Journal of Hypertension indicates that a population-wide reduction of salt consumption will result in no health benefits. On the contrary, such a reduction in salt consumption may have unintended consequences.”

My Food My Choice to Bloomberg’s band of “bland-lords” and FDA: Who invited you to dinner?

NEW YORK – My Food My Choice, the only online community offering the tools to fight and defeat attacks on individuals’ rights to make their own food choices, warns Americans that Mayor Bloomberg’s “National Salt Reduction Initiative” is not the health campaign it claims to be, but a serious threat to individual liberty.

National spokeswoman for the grassroots coalition defending the rights of chefs, restaurants and consumers, Orit Sklar, offers the following statement:

Bloomberg, Food and Drug Administration anti-salt crusade is a power grab, little to do with health

NEW YORKMy Food My Choice, the only online community offering the tools to fight and defeat attacks on individuals’ rights to make their own food choices, warns Americans that Mayor Bloomberg’s “National Salt Reduction Initiative” is not the health campaign it claims to be, but a serious threat to individual liberty.

National spokeswoman for the grassroots coalition defending the rights of chefs, restaurants and consumers, Orit Sklar, offers the following statement:

“This is not about health.  It is yet another massive government intrusion in an age of unprecedented growth in politicians’ power.  It robs Americans of liberty and threatens the food and restaurant industries at the worst possible time.

Bureaucrats and politicians are free to make recommendations and to lead by example, but they cannot be permitted to direct the most intimate details in the lives of free people.  Michael “Bland-Lord” Bloomberg, the Obama Administration and no one else in government has any business telling us what and how we eat.  Government doesn’t know what’s good for the people, only the people know what’s good for the people.

The day government can tell us what to eat is the day we’ve truly lost our liberty.  People are already fed up with government control over our lives.  Government-controlled menus have to be the last straw.

Our Founders never envisioned a day when our diets would be regulated and potentially punishable by law.

My Food My Choice intends to turn up the heat so the government gets out of our kitchens.

Freedom- and food-loving people who want to make their voice heard may join My Food My Choice on Facebook and follow the coalition on Twitter and view videos on Youtube. Also featured are resources to contact elected officials, view videos, commentary, news, and opportunities for people create and post their own videos related to consumer freedom and individual liberty.

CONSUMER and BUSINESS COALITION HITS BLOOMBERG\’SSALT REDUCTION IN FOOD SCHEME

NEW YORK CITY— A coalition of consumers and businesses is calling out Mayor Michael Bloomberg  “on outrageous and irresponsible comments comparing salt to asbestos.”  The coalition, My Food My Choice, references Bloomberg’s defense of his scheme for a 25 percent salt reduction in manufactured foods sold in New York City, where he compared reducing the popular seasoning with rooting out deadly asbestos in the classroom.

NEW YORK CITY– A coalition of consumers and businesses is calling out Mayor Michael Bloomberg  “on outrageous and irresponsible comments comparing salt to asbestos.”  The coalition, My Food My Choice, references Bloomberg’s defense of his scheme for a 25 percent salt reduction in manufactured foods sold in New York City, where he compared reducing the popular seasoning with rooting out deadly asbestos in the classroom.

According to Orit Sklar, national spokeswoman of the coalition My Food My Choice, “Since manufacturers would have to change their entire food product line forNew York City because of this unwarranted attack on salt, Bloomberg is affecting food policy for the entire country.”

“Bloomberg claims this is a ‘voluntary’ campaign, but his hysterical comments and the comparison to asbestos are especially a stab in the back to the city’s ethnic cuisine, which is world renown,” Sklar says. “Furthermore, salt has important properties that preserve and stabilize food, make it taste better, and it is a nutrient essential to life.”

Noma Dumich, the former owner of  Sel Et Poivre (‘Salt & Pepper’), which is now owned by Noma’s daughter and son in-law, in Manhattan, believes the mayor is pushing a restaurant-killing and job-killing strategy.

“A growing number of city restaurant owners are joining in a rising protest against Bloomberg,” said Dumich.  “We have the right to serve the food that our customers love. I’m very worried what Bloomberg’s campaign means to my family and other city restaurants, and how it will affect the millions of diners and tourists who visit New York City for its excellent food,”  Dumich said.

CONSUMER GROUP HITS NY LAWMAKER FOR ‘ABSURD’ BAN ON RESTAURANT SALT

NEW YORK CITY – A coalition of chefs, restaurant owners, and consumers slams as “absurd” a bill introduced by New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, banning the use of salt in the preparation of restaurant food around the state and mandating a $1,000 fine for each “violation.”

NEW YORK CITY- A coalition of chefs, restaurant owners, and consumers slams as absurd a bill introduced by New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, banning the use of salt in the preparation of restaurant food around the state and mandating a $1,000 fine for each violation.

Jeff Nathan, Executive Chef & Co-Proprietor of Abigael’s on Broadway says: “The consumer needs to make their own health choices.  Just as doctors and the occasional visit to a hospital can’t truly control how a person chooses to maintain their health, neither can chefs nor the occasional visit to a restaurant.  Modifying trans fats and sodium intake needs to be home based for optimal health.  Regulating restaurants will not solve this health issue.”

Chefs would be handcuffed in their food preparation, and many are already in open rebellion over this legislation. Ortiz and fellow anti-salt zealot Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City seek to undermine the food and restaurant business in the entire state, says Orit Sklar, national spokeswoman of the consumer coalition  My Food My Choice.

Once again a New York elected official is issuing an anti-salt edict under the guise of ‘healthcare,’ Sklar notes. Yet in a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Michael Alderman of New York City’s Albert Einstein School of Medicine says mandated sodium reduction for everyone is a rash route and warns it could even create health problems for people.

My Food My Choice is not just worried about how Ortiz’s anti-sodium bill would affect the restaurant and food industry as well as the millions of diners and tourists who visit New York for its excellent cuisine, Sklar says. There is further concern about the campaign’s health implications as outlined by Dr. Alderman. He writes, and we agree, that political interventions ‘based on observational data are often flawed.’

My Food My Choice: Government “bland-lords” launch latest “a-salt” on food freedom

USDA signals junk science-fueled power grab moving full steam ahead

NEW YORK – My Food My Choice, the only online community offering the tools to fight and defeat attacks on individuals’ rights to make their own food choices, says the federal government is moving forward on an initiative to control Americans’ right to make their own food choices.  The new dietary guidelines for Americans announced today by the USDA and HHS, recommending a 1500 mg sodium quota puts our dinner plates, and individual liberty, on a collision course with federal bureaucrats at the FDA who plan to use the new guidelines to regulate salt content in food.

“If we allow the government to dictate what’s on our dinner plates, to veto our family recipes and to rewrite the menus at our favorite restaurants, we have surrendered our most basic liberties,” says Orit Sklar, national spokeswoman for My Food My Choice.

USDA signals junk science-fueled power grab moving full steam ahead
NEW YORK – My Food My Choice, the only online community offering the tools to fight and defeat attacks on individuals’ rights to make their own food choices, says the federal government is moving forward on an initiative to control Americans’ right to make their own food choices. The new dietary guidelines for Americans announced today by the USDA and HHS, recommending a 1500 mg sodium quota puts our dinner plates, and individual liberty, on a collision course with federal bureaucrats at the FDA who plan to use the new guidelines to regulate salt content in food.

“If we allow the government to dictate what’s on our dinner plates, to veto our family recipes and to rewrite the menus at our favorite restaurants, we have surrendered our most basic liberties,” says Orit Sklar, national spokeswoman for My Food My Choice.

Dr. David McCarron, a visiting professor at the University of California, Davis, demonstrates in a June 14 piece for the Financial Post that the FDA is playing fast and loose with the facts in order to control what Americans are “allowed” to eat:

“…as New York’s health commissioner, [Centers for Disease Control’s director] Dr. [Thomas] Frieden determined that if New Yorkers could not make the choice to lower salt intake on their own, he would make it for them. Dr. Frieden’s “low salt for all New Yorkers” legacy now threatens all Americans…Frieden is employing an approach he championed in New York where his office chose to use “public pressure …and publicity” rather than available science… Why should we all be concerned? If a high-ranking public health expert cannot get the science surrounding the salt shaker correct, then one can only imagine where a country’s future health-care dollars will be spent.”

“This is more about junk science than junk food,” said Sklar. “The government is purposely ignoring research to impose a political agenda.”

“Let’s not allow ourselves to be taken for fools. “Recommendations” from this government agency will lead to mandates with penalties for non-compliance,” said Sklar. “Small restaurant owners will suffer the most while big corporations with the right connections and the millions to lobby can pay to play. But, the FDA seems unconcerned that the anti-salt campaign threatens the very existence of America’s small family-owned restaurants which are vital for local economies across the nation, and many of which are community landmarks.”
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Bloomberg’s tasteless band of “bland-lords” must scrap liberty-killing, restaurant-crippling plans

NEW YORK– A grassroots coalition defending the rights of chefs, restaurants and consumers has launched a new website that provides a voice for citizens, business owners and others who love the nation’s diverse cuisine and oppose big government’s flood of nanny state restrictions on choice. My Food My Choice is the only online community dedicated to offering the tools to fight and defeat further attacks on individuals’ rights to make their own diet decisions.

Coalition of chefs, restaurants owners, and food-lovers launch new grassroots website, send message to nation’s food fascists

NEW YORK – A grassroots coalition defending the rights of chefs, restaurants and consumers has launched a new website that provides a voice for citizens, business owners and others who love the nation’s diverse cuisine and oppose big government’s flood of nanny state restrictions on choice. My Food My Choice is the only online community dedicated to offering the tools to fight and defeat further attacks on individuals’ rights to make their own diet decisions.

In New York, Mayor Bloomberg and other elected officials have already taken steps to ban children’s bake sales, have proposed beverage taxes hammering the middle class and a salt ban threatening to cripple our restaurants in effort to make the people alter their behavior to the liking of the government.

‘This isn’t a question about health. This is a question about whether we can still depend on basic American principles like individual liberty, free choice and economic prosperity,’ said Julie Rico-Febus of Despana Brand Foods.’This parade of intrusive policy proposals kills choice, kills jobs and kills freedom. Thankfully, My Food My Choice has provided a place to voice our concerns together with others who aren’t ready to allow government to make our food choices for us.’

‘Anyone who loves the vast variety of cuisine offered in New York and doesn’t want see their favorite restaurants fall victim to Bland-lord Bloomberg’s awful ideas should sign the petition at MyFoodMyChoice.org,’ added Julie.

Freedom- and food-loving people who want to make their voice heard may also join My Food My Choice on Facebook and follow the coalition on Twitter and view their videos on Youtube.

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