U.S. policy makers focused on tobacco, but moving forward on sodium

Cigarettes and Salt

It is encouraging that Stephen Osroff, acting United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) Commissioner, sees great  utility in sodium reduction. Excess dietary sodium is a leading cause of hypertension, or high blood pressure, which is second only to smoking as a cause of death in Canada and the United States.We already know that voluntary sodium reduction targets are ineffective unless there is strong government monitoring and oversight. Lets hope United States does it right, unlike the loose Canadian approach that overlooks restaurants and food service establishments. Canada neither monitors nor closely oversees the process of making food, and rather indicated that food companies will not be held to account.

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