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Sodium-reduction efforts should be flexible, voluntary

The National Restaurant Association said today that a flexible, voluntary approach is the best way to reduce sodium consumption in the United States.

"An effective approach to reducing sodium must be voluntary, incremental, flexible, and take into account the eating preferences of consumers, the formidable technological challenges, and the multiple uses of sodium in the food supply," the NRA's Joan McGlockton, vice president, food policy, said at a forum convened by the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

"We oppose regulatory mandates or targets that prescribe a specific level of sodium per food item as unrealistic and unnecessary efforts in the restaurant industry at a public forum." Read McGlockton's statement. The NRA will submit extensive written comments to the FDA and FSIS later this month, as part of the agencies' call for public input.

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