As FDA mulls establishing guidelines on sodium levels in packaged food, Nestlé says it is taking additional steps to helping consumers reduce their sodium intake.
Specifically, the company says it is committed to helping ensure people eat no more than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day, as recommended by the WHO– a target that is lower than the current US Dietary Guidelines recommendation of 2,300 milligrams per day. Practicing what it preaches, Nestlé says it will work to make sure more foods and beverages in its portfolio fit these dietary standards. 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 8 percent towards its objective of a 10 percent reduction by the end of 2016. In the US, where Nestlé has reduced sodium across its pizza and snack brands, Lean Cuisine products as well as its Gerber portfolio. Additionally, Nestlé supports FDA’s efforts to release draft voluntary sodium reduction targets.