(Washington, D.C.) In a statement released today, Dr. Leon Bruner, Chief Science and Regulatory Affairs Officer for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), responded to a new report by the Institute of Medicine titled, Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence.
“We welcome the release of today’s IOM report on “Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence” and commend the Committee members for their continued thoughtful and deliberative work on this important public health issue. We are very pleased by the committee’s finding that there is insufficient scientific evidence to support a lowering of daily sodium intake levels to 1,500 milligrams. We also note with interest the Committee’s acknowledgement of the new research pointing to possible adverse health effects in some populations from consuming too little sodium.
“Food and beverage manufacturers are committed to providing consumers with the product choices they need to achieve reduced sodium intake levels. Our industry has developed thousands of products with reduced, low or no sodium and has also silently and incrementally reformulated many products to reduce the amount of sodium within consumer taste preferences.
“Reducing sodium in products without negatively affecting consumer acceptance must be taken into consideration, because a ‘healthy food’ will not promote health if it is not purchased or eaten.
“GMA continues to supports the federal government’s recommendation of no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily for the general population.”
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.