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April 20, 2010

Nanny State Knows Best: Federal Government To Regulate Salt In Processed Foods

Because government knows better than you, you stupid, lazy slob.

The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.

The government intends to work with the food industry and health experts to reduce sodium gradually over a period of years to adjust the American palate to a less salty diet, according to FDA sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the initiative had not been formally announced.

Officials have not determined the salt limits. In a complicated undertaking, the FDA would analyze the salt in spaghetti sauces, breads and thousands of other products that make up the $600 billion food and beverage market, sources said. Working with food manufacturers, the government would set limits for salt in these categories, designed to gradually ratchet down sodium consumption. The changes would be calibrated so that consumers barely notice the modification.

Oh the government simply wants to "adjust the American palate" because it's good for you. No big brother here. No sir, not at all.

Food by government bureaucracy...what could go wrong? Obviously the FDA knows more about cooking than food companies which have been doing this for decades. The FDA has studies! All the food companies have is experience and feedback in the form of consumer demand. Only crazy, bigoted, anti-government tea party types would trust the people over government!

Just wait til ObamaCare kicks in and all sorts of bureaucracies can get their fingers into any aspect of your life that impacts your health and therefore the amount of money the government has to spend on you!

Don't worry, it's just a little freedom you are trading for the warm embrace of an all knowing government that only has your best interest in mind.


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