Salt May Get an FDA Shakedown

Increased regs likely on concerns about overconsumption, health effects
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2007 12:05 PM CST
The Food and Drug Administration is holding its first hearings on reclassifying salt.   ((c) ewedistrict)
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(Newser) – As the White House readies a national campaign against obesity, the FDA today will consider whether to reclassify one of the biggest dietary concerns of all: salt. The American Medical Association says that for Americans, who each day consume around 2,000 milligrams more than recommended, cutting salt intake by 50% could save 150,000 lives annually, reports the Los Angeles Times. 

Low-sodium products are often more expensive than their full-salt counterparts, and claims about reduced sodium remain a turn-off for customers. But at present rates, salt intake in America is a serious hazard—responsible for ailments from high blood pressure to strokes. "The evidence is overwhelming," says the AMA, that the amount of sodium in the food supply must go down.