Nanny State on Steroids: Obama FDA to Limit Amount of Salt Allowed in Food

by the Left Coast Rebel

As the nation turns (away from big government nanny state) and the worm turns (in the fascist Obamanation cradle to grave nanny state administration), the next shoe to drop is an 'unprecedented' effort by the FDA to limit the amount of salt in all food.

As Americans we can agree and disagree on a lot of things. But still, is this not a clear line in the sand? Is this all just a bad dream? What's next? This level of intrusion into the private affairs of a self-governed people must stop. If not for salt, there will be no turning back:

The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.

The government intends to work with the food industry and health experts to reduce sodium gradually over a period of years to adjust the American palate to a less salty diet, according to FDA sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the initiative had not been formally announced.

UPDATED: I just love Legal Insurrection's brilliant, succinct and simple analysis of this ridiculous travesty. Of the human bone-laden floor of the canyon of the slippery slope that we have warned of for quite some time. Jacobson:

Just how will this help?

Will the law also prohibit people from adding salt to their under-salted processed foods? Can the salt police be far behind?

Would that be too much of a slippery slope too?

Of course, by hiring salt police we also would create jobs! Finally, the Obama administration has a jobs plan.

UPDATED x2: Libertarian Advocate also has an angle on this ridiculous, fascist notion going all the way back March. Bloomberg and NYC is ground zero for the nanny state revolution:

From comes the following story about a bill in the works to prohibit the use of salt in the preparation of food in New York City restaurants.

While this is hardly earth-shattering news, coming as it does from New York City (soon to be renamed Bloombergburg, in honor of its current Mayor-for-Life and Nanny-Statist Extraordinaire Michael Bloomberg), one has to wonder why city government would be putting a whole new level of regulatory burden on small business owners at a time when they are already suffering badly due to sharp roll-backs in discretionary spending of New York's consumers. Ohhh yeah, its the $1,000.00/INCIDENT fine.
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  1. I have a coupe thoughts on this. One, too much salt is not good for anyone and we do use too much salt on our food. Eating establishments might save money with this measure, but, I don't think the government should be regulating salt intake at all. As one who has high blood pressure, I am sensitive to salt and MSG intake. What I have found is that by switching to sea salt in my own cooking, I have found the taste much better and I use less.

    If you want to read some real insanity, Michael Bloomberg wants to do the same. Funny thing is that he is a salt freak. He puts salt on saltines. No kidding.

  2. Gotta stockpile salt and lightbulbs I suppose.

  3. Right Guy said: "Too much salt is not good for anyone." Neither is too much water, but government still has no business dictating how much we consume of anything.

    But if the FDA manages to limit our salt intake, I hope they never hear of Sheryl Crow's philosophy on toilet paper rationing.

  4. You know, I try to eat healthy. I am called a mean mommy by some of my friends but I am so strict about what little man eats. But, that doesn't mean that I want the government to tell me how to cook.

    Also, have they considered the fact that the labeling of all ingrediants that was done however long ago certianly hasn't stopped people from eating it? People will just add it if they like it. I don't even like salt on french fries, Which I bake instead of fry, but that is just me. I certainly am not going to tell someone else how eat their potatoes.

    12 cannot come soon enough.

  5. So it begins. Conservatives have warned that the death care bill would be the beginning and the end all for the controls that will come next because what do we do that doesn't effect our health one way or another? First it's salt, then energy from the effect of pullution. Then what car we can drive. What clothes we can wear (looking at leftist women, it's not much), how much sun we can get. Heck while we're at it, how much we can think since the government thinks we need to be told what, where, when, and how to do things. Though I like baked fries better as they have better flavor in my opinion, I don't need the government telling me so. My God, the arrogance of this government is starting to make Fidel's and Chavez's look humble in comparison.

  6. @William:
    We agree. I don't think the government should dictate salt intake, or the percentage of alcohol in beer either.

  7. Anyone remotely into food health knows how bogus this is. First, it's not how much salt you consume, it's WHAT KIND of salt you consume. Yes, there is "healthy" and "unhealthy" salt. The bottom line is there are a lot of things that are toxic that go into our food in the states and salt is not one of them. I think it's time for the FDA to take a serious look at what else is in those McDonald's hamburger patties.




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