WASHINGTON 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
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)