Nestle announces sodium reduction in products
In support of the FDA's voluntary sodium guidelines for packaged foods, Nestle has announced new sodium reduction efforts in its products. Overall, the food manufacturer hopes to help consumers limit their daily sodium intake to 2,000 milligrams a day, according to recommendations from the World Health Organization.
"Our food and beverages provide nutrition to people in 189 countries, and with this scale we have a powerful platform to contribute to better global health outcomes, including for heart health," said Paul Grimwood, chairman and CEO of Nestle USA, in a news release.
Nestle also says it's committed to encouraging its colleagues in the industry to do the same. According to its press release, the company already reduced sodium in its food portfolio by 22.7 percent between 2005 and 2012. Its goal is to further these efforts and lower sodium content another 10 percent by the end of 2016.
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