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TABLE B-1 Government Initiatives


Program/Initiative/Report Title


Target Population (if specified)

White House Conference


Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health: Final Report (White House Conference, 1969)

Provided advice on the desirability of reducing sodium intake

Hypertensive individuals



Encouraged food processors to minimize the amount of salt in processed foods

Food processors



Identified a need for food labeling of sodium


U.S. Senate—Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs


Dietary Goals for the United States, 2nd edition (Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, 1977)

Decrease salt intake to about 5 g/d

All Americans

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


The Congressional Omnibus Appropriations Acta (2009) included language encouraging CDC to work with major food manufacturers and chain restaurants to reduce sodium content in their products and to submit to the Committee on Appropriations and the House of Representatives and the Senate an evaluation of its sodium-reduction activities within 15 months of enactment of the act, and annually thereafter

CDC plans to explore existing national and international public and private initiatives to reduce sodium in the food supply

In fiscal years 2009–2010, CDC plans to convene public and private stakeholders to build relationships and partnerships to investigate approaches for reducing sodium consumption

CDC will explore knowledge gaps, utilizing its data systems to analyze and release pertinent sodium related data (CDC, 2009)

Food manufacturers and chain restaurants

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