Monday, May 24, 2010

nannystate attacking bacon

“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.” - Thomas Jefferson

If the food police get their way, North Carolinians can kiss their country hams, bacon, and fresh Bright Leaf hot dogs goodbye. These Southern specialties might not disappear altogether, but, if the health agency’s crusade against salt is successful, they never will taste the same again......

In April, the Institute of Medicine advised the FDA to lower the recommended daily intake of sodium for individuals from 2,300 mg to 1,500 mg. It also recommended setting maximum legal limits on salt in all packaged and restaurant foods..........

“FDA might mandate maximum amounts of sodium per serving in food categories — say, bacon — in 2015, then slightly less in 2018, and finally reaching the goal in 2024.”

That would pose problems for bacon producers. “Bacon’s not bacon unless you use salt to cure it,”

Reason's Sullum, author of For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health, also says low-salt mandates intrude on individual rights and personal responsibility. “Even if it were proven that consuming a certain amount of salt was bad for you,” Sullum said, “the government doesn’t have any business telling you what you may eat and what you may not eat.”

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