A New York State judge has granted a temporary restraining order that prohibits enforcement of a law in New York City requiring chain restaurants to label high-salt items.

Justice David Friedman of the state Supreme Court’s appellate division granted the order Monday, which was requested by the National Restaurant Association, pending a decision by a panel of appellate justices on a preliminary injunction of the law.

NRA spokeswoman Christin Fernandez said in an email that the association hoped the decision would be expedited and made by the end of March.

The law, which requires restaurants in the city that have 15 or more locations nationally to put a salt-shaker icon next to menu items containing the recommended daily allowance or more of salt, 2,300 milligrams, was slated to be enforced March 1.

The Supreme Court upheld the regulation last week in response to the NRA’s initial injunction request. The latest action is in response to the NRA’s appeal of that ruling.

New York is the first city with such a regulation.

“The association is pleased by today’s decision to grant emergency relief for the men and women that own and operate New York’s restaurants from this unlawful and unprecedented sodium mandate,” the NRA said in a statement.

“We look forward to a full and fair opportunity to make our case before the Appellate Court.”

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