National Salt Strategy Delivered to Government of Canada

Libin Cardiovascular Institute Member Dr. Norm Campbell, Canadian Chair in Hypertension Control and Prevention, after over two and a half years of work, has delivered the Sodium Working Group‘s recommendations to the Federal Ministry of Health. In addition to Dr. Campbell, the working group executive included Dr. Hasan Hutchinson of Health Canada, Dr. Mary L’Abbé of the University of Toronto and Ms. Phyllis Tanaka of Food and Consumer Products of Canada

In a letter to the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, P.C., M.P. Federal Minister of Health, the four principal authors stated:

This report represents the beginning of a process of implementation and monitoring. It should be followed by progress reports that will chronicle the implementation of the Strategy. These reports would include information on sodium intake by Canadians over time, the progress that industry is making in achieving the sodium reduction targets, the effectiveness of the education and awareness campaigns, and the progress in funding and conducting research to address knowledge gaps that were identified. The results of the monitoring and evaluation process for the overall strategy should be reviewed and if necessary, additional steps, including potential regulatory approaches may be recommended.

Letter to Minister

Adding in the final section of the report proper:

The Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada is the culmination of over two years of work by the Sodium Working Group to decrease the intake of sodium by Canadians to a population average of 2,300 mg per day by 2016 and, ultimately, to a point where as many individuals as possible–at least 95% of the population–have an intake below the Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL).

Final Report – Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada

Coverage on CBC National – Link

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