Friday, March 18, 2011

Seven Major Companies Join Initiative to Reduce Sodium in Products

Bertucci's Italian Restaurant, Black Bear European Style Deli, Campbell Soup Company, Dietz & Watson, Ken's Foods, Snyder's-Lance Inc., and Target Corporation are the latest major food, restaurant and retail companies to commit to meeting National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI) sodium reduction targets.

Today's announcement coincides with a new study by the New York City Health Department revealing that the average New York City resident consumes 3,150 mg of sodium per day, twice the recommended limit for most adults and in line with previous national estimates. The study establishes a baseline measurement of salt intake for the ongoing evaluation of the NSRI, a nationwide effort to address America's overconsumption of salt.

"Population-wide sodium reduction is key to reversing pervasive high blood pressure that can result in death due to heart disease and stroke," said AHA CEO Nancy Brown. "A compelling and growing body of evidence supports the need for frameworks like the NSRI. The initiative's efforts are laudable and its potential health benefits are enormous."

A detailed list of company pledges to NSRI sodium reduction targets in this round of commitments and a full list of NSRI partners is available at the NYC website.

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