Washington, D.C.—Today the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) fired back at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) which issued a report about sodium levels in restaurant food. Tomorrow, CSPI will likely invoke this report to urge the federal government to impose salt restrictions on American restaurants.
Senior Research Analyst J. Justin Wilson issued the following statement in response:
Anyone who wants to enjoy a meal out without a side of guilt should take today’s report with a grain of salt.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest’s report proves that restaurants already provide nutritional information for consumers who are concerned about their sodium intake. And restaurants across the country already offer a wide variety of menu options, many of which are low in sodium and calories.
Furthermore, tomorrow CSPI will take their recommendations to Capitol Hill and advocate that the federal government force restaurant to cut their salt content by 50%. CSPI’s ultimate goal is to tax and ban Americans into a blander, more anemic society. Speaking before the Senate Finance Committee, CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson will call for a variety of taxes and bans on many foods—including salt—to help finance healthcare reform. Jacobson has already advocated for taxes on “butter, potato chips, whole milk, cheese, [and] meat.”
Fundamentally, consumers, not self-appointed nutrition zealots, should choose what they eat.