Group Wants FDA to Cut Salt in Foods
Too Much Sodium Linked to High Blood Pressure, Experts Say
Voluntary Cuts in Sodium
Representatives of the food industry said companies have succeeded in
voluntarily cutting unnecessary sodium out of their products. They warned that
consumers were driven away from products when companies previously experimented
with quickly removing salt.
"Improvement in the health of Americans is best achieved through
education to modify behaviors ... rather than single policies on individual
ingredients," said Robert Earl, senior director of nutrition policy for the
Grocery Manufacturers Association -- Food Products Association.
Jacobson said that industry efforts to cut sodium have occurred but that
they have been too gradual. The CSPI tracked 71 grocery store products and
found that they dropped about 0.5% per year between 1984 and 2004. At that
rate, Jacobson said it would take 100 years to cut average sodium intake by
Several government and private groups, including the American Medical
Association, have recommended such a cut take place over the next decade.
"I don't think we have that long to wait," Jacobson said.