WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning to prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease by reducing salt in food, insiders say.
FDA sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the government intends to work with the food industry to gradually reduce sodium in everything from soup to nuts, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The sources said a gradual reduction in sodium over a period of years will adjust the American palate to a less salty and healthier diet.
The effort will involve analyzing the amount of salt in thousands of products on supermarket shelves.
One source told the Post the project would likely take as long as 10 years.
“We’re talking about a comprehensive phase-down of a widely used ingredient,” the source said.
Currently there is no limit on the amount of salt in food because salt falls into a category deemed “generally recognized as safe.”
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