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Watchdog Calls For Revised Salt Guidelines

A watchdog group is pressing the White House to take action on salt guidelines in packaged foods and restaurant meals by this summer.


A watchdog group has released a study showing packaged foods and restaurant meals are only 4 percent less salty than they were a decade ago.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest tracked sodium content in 500 foods since 2005.

Sodium decreased in more than half of the products that still remain on the market, but increased in about a third of those foods.

At the beginning of the project, the CSPI asked government agencies to set mandatory sodium limits in processed foods.

After a decade of silence, the group sued the FDA last year, and in February gave the government until June 1 to respond.

White House officials told Politico that voluntary targets on sodium in processed foods would be released as early as this summer.

The American Heart Association, CSPI and other public health advocates point to a body of research linking high sodium consumption to strokes and heart disease. But food industry groups cite recent studies that cast doubt on those links.

Read More:

  • Obama’s Latest Food Crackdown: Salt (Politico)
  • Sodium Declines In Packaged And Restaurant Foods But Further Reductions Needed (CSPI)
Chad Bouchard

Chad Bouchard is a veteran reporter and WFIU alum who has covered wild and wooly beats from Indonesia to Capitol Hill. His radio work has aired on NPR, PRI and Voice of America, and his writing has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph and Scientific American’s health magazine, Lives. He has also spent a lifetime gardening, foraging and eating weird stuff.

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