The following statement is attributable to:
Gerald E. Harmon, M.D.
President, American Medical Association              

“With an abundance of scientific evidence directly linking excessive sodium intake and heart disease, the AMA commends the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new guidance aimed at reducing the amount of sodium added to the nation’s food supply, particularly in packaged, processed and restaurant foods. The new sodium reduction targets released today are a major step toward helping Americans limit the amount of sodium they consume.

“We know that most dietary sodium is added by food processors and restaurants, making it difficult for even highly-motivated individuals to reduce their sodium intake. We urge food manufacturers and restaurants to accept the new voluntary sodium targets and immediately review their products and take steps to reduce sodium levels to the greatest extent possible. By reducing overall sodium intake, we can together help lower blood pressure and help prevent more Americans from the devastating consequences of heart disease.

“Given that the onus is now on the food industry to voluntarily take the necessary steps to reduce sodium in its products, we also encourage the FDA in its monitoring process to publicly share the data as a way to hold the food industry accountable.”

Today’s announcement aligns with the AMA’s long-standing policies aimed at reducing sodium consumption and also supports AMA’s strategic work to significantly reduce the number of American adults living with uncontrolled high blood pressure, which without intervention can lead to heart attack, stroke, disability and death. The AMA will continue to support policies that improve the health of the nation.

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