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A report ordered by Congress formally concludes that the FDA should limit the amount of salt in...

A report ordered by Congress formally concludes that the FDA should limit the amount of salt in restaurants and package foods to lower the risk of heart disease. Sources indicate that the report is the jumpstart legislators need in order to initiate a comprehensive phase-down of the use of salt in the $600B food industry.
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  • Epictetus
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    Listen, at some point society must demand that people be held accountable for their own decisions. The last thing we need today is to continue to allow the State to add layer upon layer of unnecessary regulations that are successful, inevitably, at only driving up producer cost and consumer prices.
    2 Oct 2012, 07:41 AM Reply Like
  • Sean S
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    This report is from April of 2010. Why is is 'news' now?
    2 Oct 2012, 07:45 AM Reply Like
  • medzjohn
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    Good catch, Sean! Rightist election propaganda, nothing more.
    2 Oct 2012, 12:03 PM Reply Like
  • Neil459
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    Let me be clear.

     

    1. I do not want the government deciding what I can and can not eat. (Yes, they should make safety regulations, but they already don't enforce the ones on the books now) The solution is already available now, just ask for reduced salt. Heck my grandfather was doing this 40 years ago.

     

    2. Reducing salt makes the food taste like cardboard. We cook at home with reduced salt and when I go out to a restaurant I want the food to taste good.

     

    This is just more government waste through regulation and all to make some politician feel good as they are stealing us blind elsewhere.
    2 Oct 2012, 07:50 AM Reply Like
  • Tony Petroski
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    There's no end to this folks. The first response to this outrage should have been: "What part of the Constitution gives Congress any right to probe into salt intake?"

     

    What goes around comes around. I want a ban on the excessive use of eye makeup. It only makes sense in this world of want. We'll see how our First Nutrition Lady goes for that one.
    2 Oct 2012, 07:59 AM Reply Like
  • BlueOkie
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    Let's ban vacations for 1st Lady's at the White House at taxpayer expense. Let's limit the number of servants she can have because evidently she has far too much time on her hands. Let's eliminate a full time dog groomer ($102,000 salary) and let the family take care of the dog. The list goes on and on.
    2 Oct 2012, 08:15 AM Reply Like
  • Tony Petroski
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    I'm with Blue Okie on this one. In a society where it's live and let live, I can salt my popcorn and haul a 44-ounce drink into the theater without getting the permission of Mayor Bloomberg or our Nanny in Chief or his wife, or his mistress. In turn, they can play golf on Martha's Vineyard with Walter Cronkite and rub elbows with the King of Spain--We won't care.

     

    But if they're going to say "You must be part of our collective health-care scheme or else! Oh, besides, now that you're part of our collective health-care scheme, we have a right to regulate everything you do as it all has an impact on your health."

     

    Well, that my friends is the stuff of civil war.

     

    "Enough is enough unless it's not enough."
    -- Yogi Berra
    2 Oct 2012, 09:22 AM Reply Like
  • Neil459
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    "I'm with Blue Okie on this one. In a society where it's live and let live, I can salt my popcorn and haul a 44-ounce drink into the theater without getting the permission of Mayor Bloomberg or our Nanny in Chief or his wife, or his mistress."

     

    But you can not get that great popcorn oil taste anymore thanks to the oil nazi in chief (or previous nazi in chief, not sure which, but it does not matter.)
    2 Oct 2012, 09:33 AM Reply Like
  • LonW
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    Wow, don't they have bigger problems to worry about!!
    2 Oct 2012, 08:36 AM Reply Like
  • Tony Petroski
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    No. But we Hope for Change.
    2 Oct 2012, 09:16 AM Reply Like
  • LonW
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    I Hope for change in Presidents.
    2 Oct 2012, 10:32 AM Reply Like
  • mickmars
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    So what positive change will Romney bring? The same crushing debt AND a war with Iran?
    2 Oct 2012, 01:47 PM Reply Like
  • rjj1960
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    This is a great move.......... why stop with salt when they can also regulate air, water and sleep.
    2 Oct 2012, 08:50 AM Reply Like
  • BlueOkie
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    They do regulate air and water. Clean Air and Water Act. Sleep is also regulated heard about daylight savings time? The gov't is in ever part of our lifes from the time we hit the snooze buzzer to the time we go to bed. There is nothing I can think of that they don't touch. Why do you think we have $16T in debt and growing. It is far more than to unpaid wars and a tax cut.
    3 Oct 2012, 08:45 AM Reply Like
  • rla711
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    So this is what our "leaders" are spending their time on to justify their lifetime pensions and superior healthcare they gave themselves. Hmmmm.....seems there are a few things getting overlooked while Rome burns.
    2 Oct 2012, 09:11 AM Reply Like
  • federicojrp
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    You only die once. So use your own judgement. Get rid of the politicians, you do not like and do not play the "blame" game.
    2 Oct 2012, 09:40 AM Reply Like
  • minecanary
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    Next they will legislate how much you can crap out
    2 Oct 2012, 09:57 AM Reply Like
  • BlueOkie
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    Heard about the new standards for toilets and the amount of water they can use?
    3 Oct 2012, 08:46 AM Reply Like
  • jmjjmj1
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    In a report, that congress did not order (but should) reveals lobby money makes a politicians head crawl up ones a$$. How about taking a real step for the people and banning k street!
    2 Oct 2012, 10:20 AM Reply Like
  • BlueOkie
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    Agree. Let's level K street and make it a nice zoo for when they come back.
    3 Oct 2012, 08:47 AM Reply Like
  • coolsunup
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    let's meet in the middle people! No one says you can't have salt. You can add as much salt as you want once you get your food. No one is going to stop you. But, if I am served food with salt already added, how will I get rid of it if I don't want it? When decisions are made for you, don't think of it as losing your right to make decisions, but think of it as your decision to think of everyone!
    2 Oct 2012, 03:05 PM Reply Like
  • BlueOkie
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    How about the cook decides on how to make the food. If you don't like it go elsewhere or special ordr. You surely can speak for yourself. It is afterall your money, your country and the gov't works for us not the other way around. Some need extra salt in their diets. Washington couldn't possibly know which ones.
    3 Oct 2012, 08:49 AM Reply Like
  • Neil459
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    "No one is going to stop you. But, if I am served food with salt already added, how will I get rid of it if I don't want it? When decisions are made for you, don't think of it as losing your right to make decisions, but think of it as your decision to think of everyone!"

     

    1. What you miss is that this removes the right of the restaurant to prepare food to taste the way they think is best.

     

    2. The way to control the restaurant is already present and does not require government intervention. If the food is too salty (and we have visited establishments like this) then don't go back. Capitalism is a powerful motivator. Fill out your comment card and tell them to remove the salt.

     

    or just tell them when you order that you want a low taste experience to prepare a low salt version.

     

    3. Personally, I don't go to restaurants any more that fail to salt the french fries. Sorry, but I go to a restaurant to eat good food, if I wanted to fix it myself I would eat at home.

     

    I am tired of living in a world that caters to every last little idiosyncrasy. I dont want to lose the world that craters to the popular needs and desires. And I want good food when I go out to eat.

     

    This is nothing more than political payback to the liberal food nazis.

     

    Everything in the world cannot be controlled.
    2 Oct 2012, 03:53 PM Reply Like
  • lorvic1
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    As a dietitian once told me, cooking with salt and adding later gives you completely different taste experiences. It tastes much better when it is cooked with salt as the salt penetrates the food. Added later it just sits on top. Each bite tastes different.
    2 Oct 2012, 05:26 PM Reply Like
  • bdarken
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    Can't protect the borders.
    Can't educate the children.
    Can't defend our embassies....

     

    But by golly, we're gonna study and regulate your salt and soda!
    2 Oct 2012, 07:58 PM Reply Like
  • WPSPIKER
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    WHat the Commie Government has not done enough to suppress our freedoms such as size of soda or the fact that you dont have to prove who you are to vote any longer? Voting is a privilege they take that privilege away from criminals (which makes me wonder most of congress and senate are crooks and have been found guilty of one crime or another so how do they get to vote in all these dumb @$s laws???
    time for voter revolt make our own laws first ones being that any and all laws must be voted on by general public NOT by CONgress when a LAW passes by majority of the vote it will expire in say 50 years. that way it can be re-voted on by the public... Stop the lawyers and politicians from infringing on our rights & freedoms!
    2 Oct 2012, 07:59 PM Reply Like
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