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File #: 180001-A    Version: Name:
Type: Bill Status: IN MAYOR'S OFFICE
File created: 1/25/2018 In control: Committee on Public Health and Human Services
On agenda: Final action: 6/21/2018
Title: Amending Title 6 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Health Code," by adding a new Chapter 6-310, entitled "Sodium Safety Warning Labeling for Chain Restaurants."
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown
Indexes: SODIUM SAFETY WARNING LABELING FOR CHAIN RESTAURANTS
Code sections: Title 6 - HEALTH CODE
Attachments: 1. Bill No. 180001-A02, As Amended on Floor.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsVideo
6/21/20180 CITY COUNCIL READ AND PASSEDPass Action details Not available
6/14/20181 CITY COUNCIL READ  Action details Not available
6/14/20182 CITY COUNCIL AMENDED  Action details Not available
6/14/20182 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON FINAL PASSAGE CALENDAR FOR NEXT MEETING.  Action details Not available
5/10/20180 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON THIS DAY`S FIRST READING CALENDAR  Action details Not available
5/10/20180 CITY COUNCIL SUSPEND THE RULES OF THE COUNCILPass Action details Not available
5/10/20181 CITY COUNCIL READ AND ORDERED PLACED ON NEXT WEEK'S SECOND READING CALENDAR  Action details Not available
5/7/20180 Committee on Public Health and Human Services HEARING NOTICES SENT  Action details Not available
5/7/20180 Committee on Public Health and Human Services HEARING HELD  Action details Not available
5/7/20180 Committee on Public Health and Human Services AMENDED  Action details Not available
5/7/20181 Committee on Public Health and Human Services REPORTED FAVORABLY, RULE SUSPENSION REQUESTED  Action details Not available
1/25/20180 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and ReferredPass Action details Not available
Title
Amending Title 6 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Health Code," by adding a new Chapter 6-310, entitled "Sodium Safety Warning Labeling for Chain Restaurants."

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WHEREAS, excess sodium is associated with elevated rates of hypertension, leading to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and premature mortality, according to numerous studies, including a 2013 meta-analysis published in BMJ;

WHEREAS, Philadelphia has extraordinarily high rates of hypertension and the highest rate of premature death from heart disease of the ten largest U.S. cities, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and the National Center for Health Statistics Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke;

WHEREAS, African-American Philadelphians have even higher rates of hypertension (48%) and premature death from heart disease (69.1/100,000) than Philadelphians as a whole, according to the 2014/2015 Public Health Management Corporation Household Health Survey and the Department of Public Health's 2012 Vital Statistics Report;

WHEREAS, average daily sodium intake in the United States is approximately 3,400 milligrams (mg), according to a 2010 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, while the Institute of Medicine has established a tolerable upper intake limit for sodium of 2,300 milligrams (mg);

WHEREAS, decreasing sodium intake has the potential to decrease hypertension rates by 25%, according to a 2010 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine;

WHEREAS, 77% of sodium comes from processed and restaurant foods, and many individual restaurant food items contain more than a day's worth of sodium at the tolerable upper intake level of 2,300 milligrams (mg), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 2009 study published in the Journal of Retailing; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphians currently have no reliable and readily available way to identify restaurant food items containing high levels...

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