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Gingersnap
04-20-2010, 10:55 AM
FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons


By Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.

The government intends to work with the food industry and health experts to reduce sodium gradually over a period of years to adjust the American palate to a less salty diet, according to FDA sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the initiative had not been formally announced.

Officials have not determined the salt limits. In a complicated undertaking, the FDA would analyze the salt in spaghetti sauces, breads and thousands of other products that make up the $600 billion food and beverage market, sources said. Working with food manufacturers, the government would set limits for salt in these categories, designed to gradually ratchet down sodium consumption. The changes would be calibrated so that consumers barely notice the modification.

The legal limits would be open to public comment, but administration officials do not think they need additional authority from Congress.

"This is a 10-year program," one source said. "This is not rolling off a log. We're talking about a comprehensive phase-down of a widely used ingredient. We're talking about embedded tastes in a whole generation of people."

The "science" behind this is dubious at best. Salt has no effect on hypertension that is not caused by renal problems and most hypertension isn't caused by that.

Since I cook from scratch and eat in "real" restaurants, this won't impact my life much at all. However, I'm willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with my snack food-obsessed compatriots to fight against this interference. :D

Wa Po (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/19/AR2010041905049.html?hpid=topnews)

Megaguns91
04-20-2010, 11:09 AM
Yet another aspect of governmental control. Too much of a good thing can be bad, yes. This is where a person should take responsibility for their own actions, not to government. A society that requires a government to think for them for even the smallest of things, like SALT, is a society that is in serious trouble.