Chain restaurants in New York City will soon be required carry labels to indicate salt content. 

"When you see this warning label, you know that that item has more than the total amount of sodium that you should consume in a single day in that one item," said New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett.

The labels are the city’s attempt to be more transparent about food items that exceed 2,300 milligrams of salt.

Some popular chain restaurants, such as Chipotle, have items that exceed 2,300 milligrams. Chipotle’s chicken burrito contains 2,400 milligrams of sodium. Subway’s spicy italian sandwich has nearly 3,000 milligrams. 

"I think it’s important that we give them opportunity to make the right decisions," said Applebee’s CEO Zane Tankel on his company putting sodium labels on their menus. 

The National Restaurant Association says it plans to file a lawsuit against the new requirement. They say the rule "goes too far, too fast." 

"It puts certain number of restaurants in a competitive disadvantage. They’re saying that they’re going after large, business owners and large franchises, but most of the restaurants that are related to a franchise in New York, are franchise here, are small business owners," said the association’s Senior Vice President Angela Amador. 

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