US-FDA urges lighter salt on food and more healthy information labels
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pushing food manufacturers to cut down the sodium levels in their products and provide a more detailed nutrition information on packaging.
Scott Gottlieb, an FDA commissioner, said initiatives include encouraging the food industry to come up with a standard definition of terms like “healthy,” among others.
Part of the FDA’s initative is urging industry players to reduce sodium in food. As such, the agency has proposed food makers to slash sodium intake to 3,000 milligrams per day from the current average of over 3, 400 milligrams each day.
According to research, reducing sodium intake by half a teaspoon a day could prevent nearly 100,000 premature deaths a year; up to 120,000 new cases of coronary heart disease; 66,000 strokes; and 99,000 heart attacks.
With its initiative, the FDA hopes companies will feel compelled to innovate and compete in producing healthy food choices.