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In unveiling his latest public health campaign, involving salt in the diet, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, or at least those around him, may have showed some political savvy by foregoing efforts to force the steps he has in mind through legislation -- thus opening him to even more "nanny-state" labeling.

Early details from The Times' Willie Neuman appear here.

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Update: Bloomberg's feel for the bland, of course, has at least one right-ish organization backed in part by large corporations, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, crying foul, with this statement:

"New York city wants to start pressuring food manufacturers and restaurant chains nationwide to cut the salt content in their products, if Mayor Bloomberg has his way. But, such concerns about salt intake may be overblown, and such a move by the city of New York would further impose government into the business of consumers, CEI exerts say."