Report recommends FDA standard for salt

The latest piece of news regarding the battle over sodium comes from the Institute of Medicine, which said April 20 that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should set federal standards for salt usage in food products.

The latest piece of news regarding the battle over sodium comes from the Institute of Medicine, which said April 20 that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should set federal standards for salt usage in food products.

The same day that the Institute released its recommendation, the FDA said that it would work with food manufacturers as part of an "unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans," according to The Washington Post.

A spokesperson at the FDA told Reuters that FDA officials have already been meeting with food companies.

According to Time:

Voluntary efforts to cut salt content have had some success, with Kraft recently announcing that it will trim sodium content by 10%, and PepsiCo working to develop a newly shaped sodium crystal to keep the salty flavor but cut back on total sodium content in Lay's potato chips.

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