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Nanny State Update: FDA Set To Regulate Salt Content In Food

by @ 12:12 pm on April 20, 2010. Filed under Health, Individual Liberty, Politics


The Food and Drug Administration is getting ready to regulate the amount of salt in the food you eat:

The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.

The government intends to work with the food industry and health experts to reduce sodium gradually over a period of years to adjust the American palate to a less salty diet, according to FDA sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the initiative had not been formally announced.

Officials have not determined the salt limits. In a complicated undertaking, the FDA would analyze the salt in spaghetti sauces, breads and thousands of other products that make up the $600 billion food and beverage market, sources said. Working with food manufacturers, the government would set limits for salt in these categories, designed to gradually ratchet down sodium consumption. The changes would be calibrated so that consumers barely notice the modification.

The legal limits would be open to public comment, but administration officials do not think they need additional authority from Congress.

The food industry has been working, voluntarily, on reducing salt content in processed foods, but apparently that’s not good enough for the Food Police:

Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which first petitioned the FDA to regulate sodium in 1978, said voluntary efforts by industry are laudable, “but they could change their minds tomorrow. . . . Limiting sodium might be the single most important thing the FDA can to do to promote health.”


“We can’t just rely on the individual to do something,” said Cheryl Anderson, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Because we’re from the government, and we know better than you.

4 Responses to “Nanny State Update: FDA Set To Regulate Salt Content In Food”

  1. Joe Callan says:

    I have an idea. Let’s just put NaCl on Schedule III. We need to post narcotics agents inside the Morton Co. to assure no one is sneaking dangerous substances into the hands of the public. Also, we’ll have to be vigilant about unsavory back-woods types who start making “dirty salt” bathtub evaporators. :D (GO NANNY STATE!)

  2. Let's Be Free says:

    Time to convene a constitutional convention that takes up an amendment on the right to bear pretzels! The only way we are going to keep our freedoms, apparently, is to have each and every one of them specifically enumerated. Egads.

  3. tfr says:

    One little problem with their scheme: salt shakers exist.

  4. Vast Variety says:

    I’d much rather have the FDA focus on making sure people know that large amounts of sodium are bad for us and ensure that product labeling is truthful and readable by the average idiot so we can better make our own decisions on how much salt we want in our food.

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