Salt many soon be restricted in all food sold in America if the new FDA limits are imposed as planned. The Food and Drug Administration could place “mandatory limits” on salt if the voluntary measures posed to food companies do not achieve the desired results.
Currently, the request by the FDA to lower sodium levels in food is voluntary, but that could change according to officials at the federal agency. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg recently stated during an interview with the Associated Press that salt levels in food are of “huge interest and concern” for the government.
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg also had this to say about the enhanced role the federal government could play in what we eat:
“We believe we can make a big impact working with the industry to bring sodium levels down, because the current level of consumption really is higher than it should be for health. I think one of the things we are very mindful of is that we need to have a realistic timeline.”