Thank you! 3 million lbs. of sodium cut from Conagra foods

December 9, 2007

ConAgra Foods has removed nearly three million pounds of sodium from a range of products without affecting taste. The announcement coincides with a recent report on a meta-analysis study in the Lancet Chronic Diseases Series, which revealed that reducing salt intake around the world by 15% could prevent almost nine million deaths between 2006 and 2015.

ConAgra’s move to go public with its pledge on sodium comes amid growing consumer concern in the US about the level of salt in food.

Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration held a public hearing on its policies on salt and sodium following pressure from consumer groups to tighten laws governing the level of salt found in processed foods. The Center for Science in the Public Interest wants the current classification for salt – that it is “generally recognised as safe” – to be revoked and for the ingredient to be reclassified as a food additive.

ConAgra Foods, Inc., is one of North America’s leading packaged food companies, serving consumer grocery retailers, as well as restaurants and other foodservice establishments. Popular ConAgra Foods consumer brands include: Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt’s, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM and many others.

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