"Each use of salt in violation of this section shall constitute a separate violation"

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Joshua D. Wright, "Each use of salt in violation of this section shall constitute a separate violation", Truth on the Market (March 11, 2010), https://truthonthemarket.com/2010/03/11/each-use-of-salt-in-violation-of-this-section-shall-constitute-a-separate-violation/

I wonder if that is on a per pinch basis?  I refused to believe this is real language, from a real bill.  But Professor Bainbridge says it is — and doesn’t pull any punches in describing its drafter (or at least leading proponent) Assemblyman Ortiz in NY as an “officious pig and an ass.”   But rest assured, Assemblyman Ortiz assures the good citizens of New York that the bill is really about giving consumers more choice, and “more control over the amount of sodium they intake,” and “the option to exercise healthier diets and healthier lifestyles.”

So, here is the salt ban bill in pertinent part.   Really:

No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant, including food prepared to be consumed on the premises of such restaurant or off of such premises…

Well, a boom in Hayek sales in the current regulatory climate was fairly predictable, but who knew that travel-friendly salt shakers would be the next big thing?