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May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016

On behalf of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) we are sharing a new infographic that was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association to help clear up the confusion on salt.  We hope you will find this useful in your work.
Some food companies and trade organizations argue that high intakes of salt are safe or lower intakes of salt are dangerous, generating conflicting reports in the media, fueling consumer confusion about the health benefits of moderate salt consumption, and undermining salt reduction policies.

The House child nutrition reauthorization bill, the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003), would halt schools' progress in continuing to moderate salt levels in school meals, despite virtually all schools (98.5%) having made some good initial progress. 

A rider inserted in the FY-2017 House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 5054) would delay guidance from the FDA on voluntary targets to moderate salt levels in packaged and restaurant food.  The U.S. is lagging behind other countries to bring salt down to safe levels; more than 50 countries have adopted voluntary or mandatory reductions in the salt content of certain foods.

Below are some model social media messages to help you share the infographic and oppose these attacks.

Who would you take diet advice about salt from: health experts/researchers or food companies?  Companies are fueling confusion about the science behind the need for salt reduction, undermining sensible policies (like moderating salt in school meals and packaged and restaurant food).  CSPI's new infographic helps clear up confusion on the science, which shows clear health benefits of moderate levels of salt in food, http://bit.ly/knowmoresalt.

In addition to this infographic, CSPI has a new fact sheet on salt, and NANA has several resources on salt in school meals:

This information was received from:
Angela Amico, MPH
Project Coordinator 
Mark and Sushma Palmer Public Health Advocacy Fellow

Health Promotion Policy & Biotechnology 
Center for Science in the Public Interest 
1220 L Street NW, Suite 300 
Washington, D.C. 20005 
Direct: 202-777-8307 
[email protected]


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