OMAHA, NE – On October 13, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance for voluntary, short-term sodium reduction targets for 163 packaged and prepared foods. The targets were first published in draft form in 2016 and decrease average sodium intake from approximately 3,400 mg to 3,000 mg per day, about a 12% reduction, over the next 2.5 years. The FDA has said they plan to issue revised, subsequent targets to further lower the sodium content recommendations in the future.

Lowering sodium consumption has been proven to reduce the risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke and heart attack. Additionally, while more is being discovered about COVID-19, studies have shown that the most common underlying condition in the mortality rate of patients is cardiovascular disease (CVD). Overconsumption of sodium is the leading cause of CVD which is now the #1 cause of death globally.

NuTek Natural Ingredients has pledged support for the FDA’s new guidance and encourages more significant targets. The company has been on a journey to improve global health through sodium reduction using potassium salt that provides a 1:1 substitute for sodium in foods and results in a clean-label, great tasting, healthier balance of salts.

“The new FDA sodium reduction targets are a good first step for manufacturers to reformulate products with lower sodium and ensure food safety requirements are met. We look forward to the longer-term targets that deliver a more significant step forward for global health and consumers’ understanding of the importance of sodium reduction as part of a healthy lifestyle.” commented Barry Knudson, COO, NuTek Natural Ingredients. About NuTek Natural Ingredients:

NuTek Natural Ingredients is a global supplier of natural, clean-label potassiumbased

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