Nestlé To Accelerate Sodium Reduction Efforts

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 | 796 Views

Nestlé has announced earlier this month that it will accelerate efforts to reduce sodium levels.

The company has reaffirmed its commitment in helping people consume no more than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day—a recommendation by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and one that is lower than the US Dietary Guidelines recommendation of 2,3000 milligrams per day.

The announcement comes at a time when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering issuing voluntary guidelines on sodium levels in packaged food.

As part of its efforts to reduce sodium levels, Nestlé will increase the number of foods and beverages across its global portfolio to fit into a dietary pattern that contains less than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day. Currently, 43 percent of Nestlé’s foods meet this target.

Between 2005 and 2012, the company reduced sodium by 5,950 tons or 22.7 percent in its food portfolio. Since 2013, Nestlé has further reduced sodium content by 970 tons compared to 2012 levels, or eight percent, seeking a 10 percent reduction by the end of this year.

The food and beverage company also supports the US FDA efforts to release draft voluntary sodium reduction targets.

According to Paul Grimwood, chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA, “Our food and beverages provide nutrition to people in 189 countries, and with this scale we have a powerful platform to contribute to better global health outcomes, including for heart health.”

“We are committed to constantly improving the nutritional profile of our products, but we also recognize that effective solutions to public health challenges require broad, multi-stakeholder efforts. This is why we encourage our industry colleagues, along with others in both the private and public sector, to join forces and combine our varied expertise to help people move toward healthier eating patterns, including a diet lower in sodium,” Mr Grimwood added.