The Consumption Protection Salt Intake Act

By April 21, 2010Regulations

The Washington Post reports, “Fast action to limit salt in processed foods pushed by Sen. Harkin, Rep. DeLauro“:

Two members of Congress urged the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to move quickly to limit the amount of salt in processed foods, calling the matter a “public health crisis” that demanded a swift response from government.

“I understand they want to do it in a phased kind of a deal, but I don’t want it to be too long,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “This is crying out for change that’s long overdue.”

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) agreed, saying in a conference call with Harkin and reporters: “I don’t want this to take 10 years. . . . This is a public health crisis.”

Millions of American of Americans work in the food industry, and it’s disheartening to see members of Congress immediately jump on a regulatory scheme that could have a huge impact on those jobs.

And just because you call it a crisis, doesn’t make it one.

Frankly, we’re surprised the members of Congress didn’t vow tough legislation to crack down on those nefarious salt merchants. Maybe one of the lawmakers who want to control more of Americans’ lives will introduce the bill, the Consumption Protection Salt Intake Act. We know how well the last CPSIA worked out.

Earlier: “From the Latin: We’re Going to Regulate Every Aspect of Life

UPDATE (3:40 p.m.): Ramesh Ponnuru comments at, Right Matters:

This strikes me as outrageous. Leave aside the irresponsibility of demanding immediate action when the FDA has not yet solved the many practical problems its ambitions require it to solve. The deeper problem is one of principle. There may be things that government can reasonably do to reduce the number of people who suffer from hypertension. Trying to force changes to every American’s diet isn’t one of them. Congress should change the law to block the FDA.

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