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National Restaurant Association - Restaurants offer growing number of lower-sodium options

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Restaurants offer growing number of lower-sodium options

(Washington, D.C.) The National Restaurant Association today issued the following statement in response to FDA’s announcement outlining a series of “voluntary targets” for restaurants and packaged-food manufacturers to reduce sodium levels.
 
“The restaurant industry is taking a proactive role in helping Americans live healthier lives by offering a growing number of menu options and choices for customers,” said Joan McGlockton, Vice President, Food Policy and Industry Affairs, National Restaurant Association. “As part of that commitment, restaurants across our industry have been actively engaged for some time in voluntary efforts to provide consumers with lower-sodium options.
 
“It’s important to note that as restaurants continue to develop lower-sodium items, these efforts are challenged by consumer preference, limited technology, and acceptable lower-sodium options that take into account taste, quality and safety. In addition, availability and feasibility depends on many factors, such as consumer expectations, the type of food, the product’s taste profile, and the restaurant’s format. 
 
“The National Restaurant Association is committed to providing consumers with nutrition information. We joined forces with more than 70 public health and stakeholder groups to advocate for a national uniform nutrition-disclosure standard so that anyone dining out can have clear, easy-to-use nutrition information at the point of ordering. Through this new federal menu-labeling standard, restaurant guests will have access to sodium and other nutrition information to help inform their choices.
 
“We are reviewing this draft guidance to assess next steps for our members.” 
 


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Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14.7 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 20-23, 2017, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRA Educational Foundation's ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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