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Sodium in FDA’s Sights
Posted By Daren Bakst On February 12, 2014 @ 3:50 pm In Economics | Comments Disabled
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to be America’s nutritionist and control what we eat. Last November, the agency published a proposal  to ban artificial trans fat —an unprecedented intrusion into food choices . The FDA also has sodium in its sights, specifically sodium added to food.
The agency’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s “Plan for Program Priorities, 2013-2014 ” includes the following objectives:
The FDA also lists its trans fat objectives:
No mention is made of a ban on added sodium, but there’s also no mention of a ban on trans fat.
For practical reasons alone, a ban on added sodium is unlikely. While it isn’t clear what agency action will be involved when it comes to added sodium, the action is likely to be significant. The FDA has already been looking into regulating sodium.
On the FDA website , the agency explains, “FDA has not exercised its regulatory authority to limit the amount of salt added to processed foods; however, the agency is conducting research in this area.”
The agency sponsored an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report , Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States. The primary recommendation  in the report was that the “Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should expeditiously initiate a process to set a mandatory national standards [sic] for the sodium content of foods.”
After the trans fat ban, it shouldn’t be a surprise if the FDA is extreme when it comes to taking action on added sodium.
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URLs in this post:
 proposal: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/11/08/2013-26854/tentative-determination-regarding-partially-hydrogenated-oils-request-for-comments-and-for
 ban artificial trans fat: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/11/08/fdas-proposed-trans-fat-ban-an-attack-on-freedom/
 food choices: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/09/obamacare-menu-labeling-requirement-government-control-of-your-diet
 Plan for Program Priorities, 2013-2014: http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/centersoffices/officeoffoods/cfsan/whatwedo/ucm366279.htm
 website: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm181577.htm
 report: http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/Strategies-to-Reduce-Sodium-Intake-in-the-United-States.aspx
 recommendation: http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/Strategies-to-Reduce-Sodium-Intake-in-the-United-States/Report-Recommendations-Strategies-to-Reduce-Sodium-Intake.aspx
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