Should the Government Regulate the Amount of Salt in Food?

Does the FDA need to mandate lower salt levels in food?

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A medical advisory panel has recommended that the Food and Drug Administration require food makers and restaurants to cut sodium levels. Advocates say that the action would save thousands of lives, but others would rather leave the responsibility with consumers. Should government pinch salt?


Michael Jacobson
Executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest and a nutrition expert

Imagine the tragedy if every day for years on end a crowded jetliner crashed. Then imagine the outrage when the public learned that those tragedies had been preventable, but that the airlines and government had done nothing. Fortunately, jetliners rarely crash. But excessive salt in our food is causing several hundred preventable deaths every day—100,000 deaths each and every year. And the food industry and government have...



John Tate
President of the Campaign for Liberty and the national political director of Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign

The Institute of Medicine's (IOM) idea for the Food and Drug Administration to regulate sodium levels in processed food and restaurant servings, supposedly in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease, appears to be another excuse from Washington to justify its ever expanding intervention into our lives. While no one is protesting the laudable intent of encouraging healthier living, there are...


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