Washington, DC (March 6, 2019)–The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance (SFPA) made the following statement regarding the updated Dietary Reference Intakes for sodium, recently released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine:
“The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance agrees with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that food companies can and should do more to reduce sodium in food products. Reducing sodium levels can be a powerful public health action to lower blood pressure, a leading risk for heart disease.
In recent comments on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy, we noted that the updated “healthy” definition should include limits on negative nutrients, including added sodium as well as added sugar.
Where appropriate, SFPA member companies will continue to take steps to reduce added sodium within our own product portfolios and will seek to keep abreast of the latest evidence-based science on sodium and potassium intake.”
About the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance
The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance seeks to accelerate the pace of change in the food industry through individual company leadership and collective support for public policies that raise the bar and inspire further action in this critical journey. As some of the world’s best-known food companies, founding members Danone North America, Mars, Incorporated, Nestlé USA, and Unilever United States recognize our responsibility to drive positive change for the people who use our products, the people who supply them, and the planet on which we all rely. To learn more about the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, visit www.foodpolicyalliance.org.