Salt Institute: Government’s Anti-Salt Agenda Violates Law

By: Salt Institute Release
By: Salt Institute Release

A 17-page letter by the Salt Institute, delivered Monday, calls upon the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services to abandon the sodium provisions in the government’s U.S. Dietary Guidelines.

WASHINGTON – October 3, 2011-

U.S. Dietary Guidelines on sodium should be withdrawn and government plans to regulate salt consumption halted because the process has been compromised by conflict of interest and a disregard for a decade of peer-reviewed scientific studies.

A 17-page letter by the Salt Institute, delivered Monday, calls upon the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services to abandon the sodium provisions in the government’s U.S. Dietary Guidelines.

“The Dietary Guidelines on sodium should be withdrawn and all legislative or regulatory actions based on them reversed or halted in order to protect the health of Americans,” said Salt Institute President Lori Roman. “These Guidelines have made a mockery of the law through a process compromised by conflict of interest and a complete disregard for numerous scientific studies that point out the dangers of a low-salt diet. They are in violation of the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act.

“To survive and thrive, the body needs salt. That’s a medical fact. But the official food policy of our federal government aims to radically reduce salt levels, violating the medical mandate to `first, do no harm.’ We oppose 300 million Americans being treated like lab rats in a risky trial.”

Documented with 69 footnotes, the letter asserts that:

Federal law is being violated: The National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act requires the Dietary Guidelines to be based on the “the preponderance of the scientific and medical knowledge” current at the time. Rather than thoroughly assessing the latest scientific and medical knowledge on sodium, the agencies reached a conclusion in 2005 based on insufficient evidence and then repeated the error in 2010.

Science on salt is being ignored: Government bureaucrats are ignoring science that does not conform to their agenda by failing to consider the negative health impacts of sodium reduction in diets, failing to address that there is a physiological sodium appetite, and failing to address conflicting evidence on the impact of sodium on blood pressure and obesity.

Public health is being risked: The dangerously low salt intake recommended by the government would put Americans at a level never seen in any country. If implemented, the government’s guidelines would put Americans in a clinical trial without their knowledge and consent -- with potentially fatal consequences.

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  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Oct 3, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    It's a fact hoodrat! As many as 25% of people with high blood pressure, need more sodium. I do salt(Hain iodized sea salt), and POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 10 MEQ SA TAB(by prescription). I have no problem with these folks selling salt, when they run-out, I still have the Seven Seas! I suppose I'm lucky(or not) to some...If I run out of my 'scrip, my DR. says it's okay to up-my-salt! Wrap your brain around that?!? I would like to know if there are anymore of us, out there. Salt bleaches dirt. Salt cures raw meat. Salt keeps humans alive. Salt rules!
  • by Florida Girl on Oct 3, 2011 at 01:48 PM
    You know labels are required for a reason... if folks would take a minute to read the label they would know the sodium content and choose not to buy. When you don't buy they have to adjust, good old fashioned common sense folks. Why do we have to be regulated to death. People need to work the system to make change and not rely on government intervention for everything.
  • by Oh, No Location: Tallahassee on Oct 3, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    Salt-deprived?? Just pick up any canned vegetable, boxed food product, or frozen dinner and look at the amount of sodium they contain. I don't think many Americans, unless they eat only fresh fruits & vegetables, are in any danger of eating too little sodium. Yes, we all need some salt, but most people ingest way too much. Even Coke has some sodium in it. I've even seen some bottled water that has sodium added, if for no other reason than as a preservative. Disodium, bisodium, etc. It's all salt.
  • by jjheinis Location: tallahassee on Oct 3, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    Self-serving. As a food scientist, I know that salt is one of the cheapest flavor enhancers on the market. The adverse effects of excessive sodium (due to salt) consumption are well known in the published peer-reviewed scientific literature. In short, this is a self-serving effort by the salt industry.
  • by WHO is biased? on Oct 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    Tobacco companies had years of "peer reviewed" scientific studies too. We're supposed to believe the Salt Institute that we have an epidemic of people taking too little salt over a government interested in cutting health care costs from KNOWN high-salt intake problems? Tell me again who stands to gain in this farce? The government health and FDA guidelines are very careful to discuss healthy levels of salt and fats. This is simply another attempt by big business to convince consumers that social programs facilitated by the people for the people are bad news. That's like telling people they don't need municipal water supplies, they can buy from Nestle!
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