NYC makes progress in reducing salt in foods

New York City says 21 companies have met targets in a national effort to reduce salt in prepackaged foods.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the announcement Monday. The products range from Butterball cold cuts to Heinz ketchup to Starbucks breakfast sandwiches.

In 2010, the city set voluntary salt guidelines for various restaurant and store-bought foods. Health officials noted that Americans eat about twice as much salt as they should.

The goal was to cut salt levels in food by a quarter overall by 2014.

The salt campaign is one in series of novel but controversial healthy-eating initiatives on Bloomberg's 11-year watch. Others include banning trans fats from restaurant meals and limiting the size of some sugary drinks.

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