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Trillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-24-05 02:44 PM
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Salt Should Be Regulated Food Additive, Group Says
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By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A consumer group sued the federal government Thursday, saying that salt is killing tens of thousands of Americans and that regulators have done too little to control salt in food.

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So the CSPI renewed a lawsuit first filed in 1983 to ask federal courts to force the Food and Drug Administration (news - web sites) to declare sodium a food additive instead of categorizing it as "generally recognized as safe." This would give the agency the authority to set limits for salt in foods.

"There is no way the FDA (news - web sites) can look at the science and say with a straight face that salt is 'generally recognized as safe,"' CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson said in a statement.

"In fact, salt is generally recognized as unsafe, because it is a major cause of heart attacks and stroke. The federal government should require food manufacturers to gradually lower their sodium levels."

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Great, now we won't be able to buy salt. Here's a little tidbit about salt for those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: "For those with demonstrated low blood pressure, increasing the amount of salt in the diet may be helpful."
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