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Petition to HHS Re: Salt

Petition to Revoke the GRAS Status of Salt, to Set Ceilings on the Amount of Sodium in Processed Foods, to Require a Health Warning on Packaged Salt, and to Reduce the Daily Value for Sodium

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The Center for the Science in the Public Interest requests that the FDA initiate a rulemaking: (1) to revoke the Generally Recognized as Safe (“GRAS”) status of salt, (2) to amend any prior sanctions for salt, (3) to require food manufacturers to reduce the amount of sodium in all processed foods – both packaged foods sold at retail and foods sold directly to restaurants, (4) to require health messages on retail packages of salt one-half ounce or larger,  and (5) to reduce the Daily Value for sodium from its current level of 2,400 mg to 1,500 mg.