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The Obama administration is pressuring the #food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. The proposed guidelines released Wednesday are voluntary, so food companies won’t be required to comply, the Associated Press reports.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued guidelines to reduce the amount of salt added to food by about a third. New guidelines set targets for the food industry to help reduce sodium intake to 2,300 mg per day, down from the average American’s intake of 3,400 mg per day, as reported by Reuters.


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