FDA to consider limits, labeling for salt

WASHINGTON Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:25pm BST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it would hold a hearing to consider a consumer group's petition that the agency tighten regulations and labeling for salt in food.

The November 29 meeting will consider a request from the Center for Science in the Public Interest to limit salt in processed food and to require additional health information on food labels about salt and sodium content of foods, among other changes.

In 2005, the group petitioned the FDA to reclassify salt as a food additive, rather than its longtime designation as a food "generally recognized as safe."

It has cited the tens of millions of Americans who suffer from high blood pressure. Cutting salt intake can reduce changes of developing and curtail the condition, according to the American Heart Association.

One in three Americans suffer from high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(Reporting by Kim Dixon, editing by Brian Moss)

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