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    GMA Issues Science Policy Paper on Sodium and Salt

    The resource guide for policymakers, consumers and the media is part of a series of educational publications on food, beverage and consumer product issues.

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association yesterday released "Sodium and Salt: A Guide for Consumers, Policymakers and the Media," a science policy paper providing policymakers, consumers, journalists and health professionals with up-to-date scientific information and resources on sodium and salt.

    "The food industry takes seriously its commitment to develop products that provide choices for consumers interested in managing their intake of salt (sodium chloride) and sodium," said GMA chief science officer Robert Brackett. "Companies are achieving lower sodium in products through extensive research, reformulation, new salt reduction technology and new product development. Thanks to these industry efforts, today there are more and more sodium- or salt-modified products available nationwide for consumers in the marketplace."

    The paper's release coincides with the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake, convening today in Washington, which has the task of making recommendations to help consumers find ways to meet the daily intake goal of 2,300 milligrams of sodium in the federal government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005.

    To download the paper, go to http://www.gmabrands.com/publications/SPP_SodiumFINAL.pdf.

    In other GMA news, the Washington-based trade group said that that Cargill, Inc. chairman, president and c.e.o. Gregory R. Page was elected to its board of directors at its Jan. 10 board meeting. Five new member companies -- American Italian Pasta Co.; Giant Eagle Corp.; Perfect Puree of Napa Valley, LLC; Syngenta Corp.; and Teradata Corp. -- also joined the association at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the Food Marketing Institute's Mid-Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla.

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