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June 1, 2016

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FDA Shouldn’t be America’s Nutrition Nanny

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released wide-scale sodium reduction targets for the food industry. Heritage agriculture expert Daren Bakst criticized the action, calling the targets “unnecessary and ill-founded” and warning that “these voluntary sodium goals are almost certainly the starting point for mandatory requirements.”

“The targets stand on shaky ground,” Bakst said. “The evidence is far from clear as to what constitutes a proper level of sodium intake.”  

Moreover, he noted, “the federal government has a history of offering poor nutritional guidance. These targets seem like another example of misinforming the public.”

Bakst also questioned the need for government intervention. “People don’t need a know-it-all, centralized government to dictate or manipulate what kinds of food they can buy at the market,” he said. “We should be able to make nutritional decisions on our own and, if we wish, in consultation with our physicians. As for those who want lower sodium food, there are plenty of companies and restaurants happy to provide it.”

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