Food Producers to reduce sodium

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Bumble Bee Foods is the latest food maker to cut salt in its products as pressure builds from public health groups and federal regulators.

The tuna company says it has cut sodium by 44 percent in its albacore products and 22 percent in its light meat products.

The lower-salt products will be hitting shelves next month.

The announcement comes on the heels of a report by the Institute of Medicine that urged the federal government to set stricter thresholds for the allowable amount of salt in food while regulators such as the FDA support voluntary reductions.

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