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Food Industry Battles Health Experts, Government, Over Salt Reduction

May 29, 2010: 06:24 PM EST
Hardly anyone disputes the fact that hypertension is a serious health problem in the U.S. But while federal government and other health experts advocate cutting sodium content of processed foods to save billions of dollars in health care costs, and thousands of lives each year, the food industry urges Americans to simply eat less. According to critics, food companies worry that replacing the flavor lost by reducing the levels of relatively cheap salt in foods would cut profits. So the industry is working behind the scenes to make sure its take on the problem is heard by the federal committee set up to make recommendations on salt and other nutrient content issues. Kellogg warned the panel that lower salt guidelines were “incompatible with a palatable diet.”
Jim Wilson, "The Hard Sell on Salt ", The New York Times , May 29, 2010, © The New York Times Company
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