US told to slash salt levels in food

ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND: The US Food and Drug Administration has come under pressure to regulate salt levels in food. At a public hearing on the subject, nutrition pressure group the Center for Science in the Public Interest said the average American consumed twice the recommended daily amount of sodium and called for the salt content in processed foods to be cut in half. This could save up to 150,000 lives a year by reducing heart-related disease, said CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson. "Clearly, salt should be generally recognised as dangerous, not safe," he added.