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The Cutting Edge: Regulatory Updates and New Policy Approaches

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  • 1. The Cutting Edge: Regulatory Updates and New Policy Approaches Nutrient Essentials: Sodium and the Healthy Plate July 9, 2008 Sheila C. Weiss, RD Director, Nutrition Policy [email_address]
  • 2.
    • Fullservice
    • Quickservice
    • Cafeterias and buffets
    • Caterers
    • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
    • Managed services/ contractors at
      • Industrial plants
      • Hospital/nursing homes
      • Schools and universities
      • Airlines
      • Recreation and sports centers
    • Lodging places
    • Retail hosts
      • Book stores
      • Service stations
      • Convenience stores
    • Self-operated restaurant services
    • Military restaurant services
    The Industry Mosaic
  • 3. Restaurant Industry 2008
    • Sales……………………..558 Billion
    • Locations………………..945,000
    • Employees………………13.1 Million
    • Share of Food $……........48%
    • Meals………..……………70 Billion
    • Typical Person…………..5.8 meals / wk
  • 4.
    • All adults 76%
    • Women 79%
    • Men 72%
    Proportion of adults who say they are trying to eat healthier now at restaurants than they did two years ago Source: National Restaurant Association, October 2007
  • 5. Efforts to Reduce Sodium in Restaurant Foods
    • Using different spices and ingredients as substitutes for salt and other condiments
    • Chef education
    • Offering more fresh produce items on menus
    • Switching to only reduced-sodium (i.e., soy sauce), and/or no-salt-added ingredients
    • Working with suppliers to reformulate and gradually decrease sodium
    • Looking for new solutions, such as value added produce with a custom packed sauce (that is lower in sodium)
  • 6.  
  • 7. AskUs! Voluntary Nutrition Information Program
  • 8. The Cutting Edge: Regulatory Updates and New Policy Approaches Nutrient Essentials: Sodium and the Healthy Plate July 9, 2008 Sheila C. Weiss, RD Director, Nutrition Policy [email_address]