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New York-Led Initiative Proposes Salt Content Targets For Packaged, Restaurant Foods

January 11, 2010: 05:13 PM EST
Americans are consuming double the safe amount of salt each day – putting them at risk for hypertension, heart attack, and stroke – thanks mainly to salt added to restaurant and packaged foods, according to the National Salt Reduction Initiative. Noting that 80 percent of the salt Americans ingest comes from sources over which they have no control, the group proposed voluntary salt content targets in 61 kinds of packaged food and 25 classes of restaurant food, and said some popular commercial foods already meet these targets. The NSRI is a New York City-led partnership of cities, states and national health organizations.
"Health Department Announces Proposed Targets for Voluntary Salt Reduction in Packaged and Restaurant Foods", NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, January 11, 2010, © The City of New York
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