Low sodium versions of popular soups are seen in Washington, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.The proposed guidelines released Wednesday are voluntary, so food companies won't be required to comply. Sodium content already is included on existing food labels, but the government has not set specific sodium recommendations.The Food and Drug Administration first said it would issue voluntary guidelines in 2010, after an Institute of Medicine report said companies had not made enough progress on reducing sodium and advised the government to establish maximum levels for different foods.The food industry has also pointed to a newer, 2013 IOM report that said there is no good evidence that eating sodium at very low levels – below the 2,300 milligrams a day that the government recommends – offers benefits.The wait means that Obama administration officials won't be around to see if individual companies follow the guidelines. A new administration will be tasked with making the proposed guidelines final, as they could take a year or more to complete.
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