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Group urges salt regulation for food industry

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- A health watchdog group is asking the FDA to regulate salt amounts, insisting the food industry has not done enough to voluntarily cut back.

Tuesday, the Institute of Medicine, which advises the government on health matters, urged the Food and Drug Administration to set maximum sodium levels. The group proposed setting different levels for different foods in a stepwise rollback, to allow consumers to adjust to the change.

Americans consume around 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt daily, more than double what is considered needed for good health and high enough to increase the risk of blood pressure and other health issues.

An FDA spokesperson says no decision has been made but "no options are off the table."

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