Executive Update

GMA Responds to Institute of Medicine Report, Sodium Intake in Populations

Dr. Leon Bruner, Chief Science and Regulatory Affairs Officer at GMA recently released a statement responding 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.”