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US FDA recommends lower sodium in processed, packaged foods

/ 09:40 PM October 13, 2021
US FDA recommends lower sodium in processed, packaged foods

FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen outside of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in White Oak, Maryland, U.S., August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday issued a recommendation for reduced salt in commercial food products, citing a growing epidemic of preventable, diet-related conditions in the United States.

High sodium intake has long been linked to high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of heart attacks and strokes.

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The FDA guideline provides voluntary short-term sodium reduction targets for food manufacturers, chain restaurants, and foodservice operators across more than 150 categories of processed, packaged, and prepared foods.

The agency said on average 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day is consumed in the United States. The guideline released on Wednesday seeks to decrease average sodium intake to 3,000 mg per day, about a 12% reduction, over the next two and half years.

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Still, the average intake would be above the Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ recommended limit of 2,300 mg per day for those aged 14 and older.

According to the FDA, more than 70% of total sodium intake is from salt added during food manufacturing and commercial food preparation.

The agency said the public health benefit of limiting sodium intake is estimated by researchers to result in tens of thousands fewer cases of heart disease and strokes each year, as well as billions of dollars in healthcare savings over time.

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