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McCain, a food manufacturer that produces foodservice items, recently introduced reduced-sodium oven-roasted potatoes and Smiles fries for kids.j

McDonald’s provides information on small changes in ordering that can reduce sodium and has a list of foods that are lower in sodium on the company website.k

Sodexo introduced Your Health Your Way meals in mid-2009. These meals must contain less than 800 mg of sodium.l Sodexo and its U.S. industry partners also recently committed to working toward meeting the IOM’s sodium standards through a 5 percent annual reduction over the next 10 years as part of a White House initiative on childhood obesity.m

Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes began testing lower-sodium versions of some soups in 2008 (Cobe, 2008).

Subway provides tips on reducing sodium intake on the company website.n


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In general, it appears that efforts to help Americans reduce sodium intake have been less prominent in the restaurant/foodservice industry than in the food processing industry. This may be due to a lack of consumer pressure on restaurant/foodservice companies in past initiatives to reduce the sodium content of foods, in part because of the relatively limited nutritional information readily available to the public in these venues, and it may also be closely tied to the notion that it is a special occasion to consume meals at restaurants. Sodium reduction has been perceived by the industry as less

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