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Grocery Manufacturers Association Statement Regarding Institute of Medicine ”Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake“ Report

“We share the IOM committee’s overall goal of helping consumers reduce their sodium intake. The food industry is fully committed to providing consumers with healthy choices, including products with reduced sodium content.

“For years, food companies have been introducing a wide variety of new products into the marketplace including reduced sodium, containing no sodium or low sodium, or with no added salt. During that time, food companies have been very successful at making incremental reductions in sodium levels in food products that maintain consumer taste preferences.

“The food industry is committed to continue to reduce the sodium content in thousands of products to help consumers reach the current U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommendation of no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. And we look forward to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop a national sodium reduction strategy that will help consumer.

“Sodium is an important ingredient that plays a critical role in flavor enhancement as well as an important functional role in food safety and preservation.”