Walmart to Require Elimination of Artificial Trans, Reduction of Sodium & Added Sugars

Statement of CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson

January 20, 2011

I applaud Walmart for using its marketplace muscle to move the food industry in a healthier direction. This announcement will virtually eliminate artificial trans fat in packaged foods and help spur food manufacturers to cut the sodium in their products over the next several years. Those two moves by Walmart ultimately should save thousands of lives each year that might otherwise be lost to heart disease or stroke.

I hope this move emboldens the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture, which should immediately pull the plug on partially hydrogenated oil and set reasonable limits on sodium levels in different categories of packaged foods.


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