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New Study Shows More Efforts by the Food Industry to Reduce Sodium

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New Study Shows More Efforts by the Food Industry to Reduce Sodium

Check it out! There’s more science that food companies are reducing sodium. A study published today found that sodium levels decreased in a sample of top selling packaged foods by about 7% from 2009 to the beginning of 2015. This shows the success that comes from coordinated efforts to reduce sodium.

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The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, evaluated the efforts National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI). The NSRI aims to reduce sodium in the food supply by encouraging food companies to voluntarily commit to sodium targets. In 2009, the NSRI set two sets of targets (for 2012 and for 2014) for sodium levels in a variety of food categories. By 2014, 45% of food products and 26% of food categories met 2012 targets, while 3% of food categories met 2014 targets.

What does this mean? It certainly shows that the food industry is making efforts to reduce sodium, and it also shows that there is more work to be done.

You deserve to have more control over how much sodium you eat.

Today, too many foods contain too much sodium, and there is no way for consumer to take it out. Fortunately, there is already a plan in place. The FDA’s draft voluntary sodium targets give the food industry a clear goal to work toward, and we encourage the FDA to continue dialogue with industry and finalize goals promptly to support the health of all Americans. We urge all food manufacturers and restaurants to take notice and join the companies who have already committed to reduce sodium in their products.

Are you excited? So are we! We encourage you to join us on social media to spread the word about the findings of this study and encourage more food companies – including restaurants- to commit to reducing sodium in their foods

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So, which food companies are a part of the National Salt Reduction Initiative?  You can find these company’s initial 2012 accomplishments and commitments online. The following packaged food and restaurant companies have made a commitment to meet at least one target set by the NSRI:

  • Au Bon PaiBertucci's Italian Restaurant
  • Black Bear European Style Deli
  • Boar's Head Provisions Co.
  • Butterball
  • Campbell Soup Company
  • Delhaize America
  • Dietz & Watson
  • FreshDirect
  • Furmano's
  • Goya Foods
  • Hain Celestial
  • Heinz
  • Ken's Foods
  • Kraft Foods
  • LiDestri Foods / Francesco Rinaldi
  • Mars Food US
  • McCain Foods
  • Premio
  • Red Gold, Inc.
  • Snyder's-Lance, Inc.
  • Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Subway®
  • Target Corporation
  • Unilever
  • Uno Chicago Grill
  • White Rose

Join us as we encourage the food industry to make sodium reduction a priority!

Check the accomplishments we’ve made with the food industry in our efforts to reduce sodium in the food supply, and ways you can get involved in making a change. We need your voice to tell food companies and policy makers that healthful food matters to you. Join us by taking the pledge make healthier choices and reduce the excess sodium you are eating.

Leave us a comment: What do the results from this new study mean to you?