New York City Action on Salt Reduction Praised
Statement of CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson
April 26, 2010
New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has once again proven why it is the most effective health department in the country. The goals announced today by the city-led National Salt Reduction Initiative will encourage major companies to begin cutting sodium. While I’m glad that 16 companies have chosen to participate in the initiative, too many companies—including giants such as PepsiCo, ConAgra, McDonald’s, and Burger King—have chosen to skip it. The limited participation indicates the need for federal health agencies to set mandatory national limits on the amount of sodium allowed in packaged and restaurant food.
Previously, under the leadership of prevention-oriented health commissioners and public-health advocate Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York has taken the lead on putting calories on menus and menu boards of chain restaurants, phasing artificial trans fat out of restaurant foods, and mounting creative campaigns against smoking and soft drinks. The city’s leadership of the National Salt Reduction Initiative will help put American consumers back in charge of their salt intake, and lead to longer, healthier lives for millions of people in New York and beyond.