Alexandria, VA—Lori Roman, President of the Salt Institute, has sent an official correspondence to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) and Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the latest Federal Dietary guidelines.
Based upon the preponderance of peer-reviewed scientific evidence, the Salt Institute is asking the government to withdraw the recommendations on salt consumption in the Dietary Guidelines because they were not formulated through a thorough, unbiased evaluation of available scientific evidence and the misinformation they promulgate is used to justify harmful public policy recommendations.
SI is also asking the federal government to stop moving forward on their plan to push “voluntary” sodium reduction in food produced in the U.S.—a plan that will affect almost the entire U.S. food supply and will change the foods that consumers depend on and enjoy. Such a “voluntary” request is essentially a demand because any company that doesn’t reduce salt will be pilloried by government, consumer advocates and the media. However, if the health of consumers is negatively influenced through salt reduction (as a great deal of research indicates) the bureaucrats in government will not be held accountable because the request was deemed “voluntary”.
This letter is about consumers, not industry, not government, not consumer advocates.
The Salt Institute is a North American based non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the many benefits of salt, particularly to ensure winter roadway safety, quality water and healthy nutrition.