Policy Change


Sodium in the Food Supply


CSPI submission to Health Canada re proposal for nutrition label reforms (Acrobat 873k)
—September 12, 2014

Joint-submission in response to the Health Canada nutrition labelling proposal (Acrobat 486k)
—September 12, 2014

BC Government 2013 review of Informed Dining Program (Acrobat 813k)
—September 2, 2014

Statement on Menu Labelling at Hotel de ville, Montreal, Quebec (Acrobat 282k)
—August 14, 2014

U.N. General Assembly Renews Vows to Tackle Food, Tobacco, Alcohol, Inactivity-related Disease (Acrobat 191k)
—July 11, 2014

Outcome document of the high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the comprehensive review and assessment of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (Acrobat 192k)
—July 10, 2014

Call for ensuring primacy of health in trade deals and safeguards against conflicts of interest in addresses diseases caused by marketing of food, alcohol, tobacco (Acrobat 1493k)
—July 4, 2014

Minister Matthews Wise to Mandate Calories on Restaurant Menus, but Cynical to Ignore Sodium (Acrobat 221k)
—February 24, 2014

Ontario Legislature Advances Legislation to Require Sodium & Calories on Chain Restaurant Menus (Acrobat 210k)
—February 20, 2014

Media Comment on Proposed Legislation to Require Sodium & Calories on Restaurant Menus (Acrobat 236k)
—February 20, 2014

Joint statement calling for mandating nutrition information on chain-restaurant menus (Acrobat 417k)
—February 20, 2014

Making Kids Sick (or Healthy) By Decree (Acrobat 4290k)
—January 30, 2014

Health Canada Advisory Groups Hobbled by Commercial Conflicts of Interest – Leading Medical Journal (Acrobat 150k)
—November 26, 2013

Federal government food policy committees and the financial interests of the food sector (Acrobat 501k)
—November 26, 2013

CSPI Looks Forward to Renewed Federal Government Interest in Nutrition Labelling (Acrobat 122k)
—October 16, 2013

Letter to Federal Minister of Health: Ensure that the “Food Label Modernization” initiative includes health and nutrition issues to protect families, save health care resources, and raise workforce productivity by disease prevention (Acrobat 1228k)
—October 16, 2013

Queen’s Park Pledge for Law to Curb Marketing to Kids and Require Calories, etc. on Chain Restaurant Menus Sounds Like a Public Health Winner (Acrobat 251k)
—October 9, 2013

Conflict of Interest Coalition Statement of Concern (Acrobat 164k)
—September 21, 2013

Implementing the Healthy Kids Panel report, No Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy (Acrobat 419k)
—August 27, 2013

Technical Brief to the Honourable Charles Sousa, MPP, Ontario Minister of Finance (Acrobat 722k)
—August 27, 2013

Outcome of vote on Bill C-460, Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Act
—May 9, 2013

Parliament Kills Life- and Money-Saving Sodium Reduction Bill by 147-122 Vote (Acrobat 183k)
—May 8, 2013

Results of vote on Bill C-460 coming soon at Parliament of Canada website
in english en français
—May 8, 2013

Report Reveals 4-year Voluntary Sodium Performance Meagre As Parliament Votes Today on Sodium-Reduction Bill (Acrobat 169k)
—May 8, 2013

Salty To A Fault: A 4 year follow-up report (Acrobat 2566k)
—May 8, 2013

Inadequate voluntary sodium-reduction progress at restaurants illustrates the need to pass Bill C-460, Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Act in the May 8, 2013 vote. (Acrobat 362k)
—May 6, 2013

Toronto Board of Health decision to propose mandatory menu labelling at City Council if provincial government does not commit to an Ontario-wide requirement by September 2013
—April 29, 2013

Healthy Decisions for Healthy Eating Act, 2013
—April 29, 2013

Urge your MP to support Bill C-460, Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Act
in english en français
—April 29, 2013

Testimony to Toronto Board of Health about calorie and sodium labelling on menus at chain restaurants (Acrobat 296k)
—April 29, 2013

Toronto Public Health staff report on menu labelling to the Toronto Board of Health
—April 25, 2013

What's on the Menu? A technical report by Toronto Public Health
—April 25, 2013

CSPI Calls on Premiers to Support Federal Sodium-Reduction Bill (Acrobat 162k)
—April 22, 2013

Updated Bill C-460 Joint-Statement (Acrobat 852k)
—April 22, 2013

Letter to Council of Federation urging premiers to support federal sodium bill (Acrobat 233k)
—April 22, 2013

Petition to the House of Commons in Support of Bill C-460 (Acrobat 229k)
—March 4, 2013

Debate on Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Peppered with Myths (Acrobat 110k)
—February 4, 2013

Debate on Bill C-460, Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Act
in english (Acrobat 160k) en français (Acrobat 171k)
—February 1, 2013

Debate Begins in Parliament on Bill to Implement Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada (Acrobat 110k)
—January 31, 2013

Joint-statement of support for Bill C-460 endorsed by health groups and experts (Acrobat 580k)
—January 31, 2013

Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada, 2010
—November 6, 2012

Bill C-460, Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Act, 2012
—November 6, 2012

Federal Bill Proposes to Implement Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada (Acrobat 113k)
—November 6, 2012

Technical Brief: Hearings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food on Bill S-11, The Healthy Food for Canadians Act (Acrobat 312k)
—November 1, 2012

The Healthy Decisions Made Easy, 2012
—October 2, 2012

Conflicts of Interest in International Disease Prevention Policy-Making (Acrobat 187k)
—September 27, 2012

Technical Brief: Hearings of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on Bill S-11, The Healthy Food for Canadians Act (Acrobat 299k)
—September 27, 2012

Guidance for the Food Industry on Reducing Sodium in Processed Foods
—June 8, 2012

United Nations Food Law Body Advances Global Standard for Mandatory Nutrition Labelling (Acrobat 234k)
—May 18, 2012

News release re Ottawa and Toronto menu labelling initiatives (Acrobat 130k)
—May 8, 2012

Media statement re the introduction of calorie/sodium menu-labelling bill in Ontario Legislative Assembly (Acrobat 153k)
—May 8, 2012

Deposition to Ottawa Board of Health re Menu Labelling (Acrobat 171k)
—May 7, 2012

Writing on the Wall--Executive Summary (Acrobat 461k)
—February 28, 2012

Writing on the Wall--Full Report (Acrobat 11978k)
—February 28, 2012

Media Comment: Writing on the Wall--Time to put nutrition information on restaurant menus (Acrobat 238k)
—February 27, 2012

Technical Brief on Chronic Disease for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (Acrobat 425k)
—February 2, 2012

Coalition letter to Prime Minister Harper urging action on sodium reduction (Acrobat 390k)
—January 6, 2012

Fact Sheet on sodium and health prepared by a coalition for sodium reduction (Acrobat 289k)
—January 6, 2012

Meeting Communique--Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health (Acrobat 95k)
—November 25, 2011

Political Declaration on NCDs in the context of 205 other general assembly resolutions issued since 1946
in english en français
—September 19, 2011

Political Declaration: United Nations High Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases
in english en français
—September 19, 2011

Ottawa Citizen, p. A1: Canada battling proposal to reduce fats, sugar, salt: Journal
—August 31, 2011

Xtreme Eating 2011--Big eats...big Canadians (Acrobat 1306k)
—July 19, 2011

Nutrition-related partial transcript of NGO United Nations interactive session on NCDs (Acrobat 182k)
—June 30, 2011

Statement of concern on lack of clarity on role of industry for June UN interactive hearing and September UN High Level Meeting 2011
—June 22, 2011

Nutrition advice to the President of the United Nations General Assembly (Acrobat 321k)
—June 15, 2011

World Food Law Body to Negotiate Standards for Mandatory Nutrition Labelling (Acrobat 249k)
—May 13, 2011

Comments on international food labelling standards by the International Association of Consumer Food Organizations (IACFO) to the WHO/FAO Codex Food Labelling Committee world annual meeting in Quebec City (Acrobat 89k)
—May 9, 2011

Response to questions in Parliament re Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada (Acrobat 284k)
—February 15, 2011

The Ottawa Citizen editorial: Be Your Own Task Force
—February 8, 2011

Montreal Gazette: Salt still a big problem
—February 5, 2011

Globe and Mail editorial: Live Up to the Prime Minister's Boast (about sodium reduction)
—February 5, 2011

Testimony re Healthy Living at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health
in english (Acrobat 258k) en français (Acrobat 264k)
—February 3, 2011

Technical Brief on Healthy Living for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health
in english (Acrobat 401k) en français (Acrobat 413k)
—February 3, 2011

Prime Minister's accomplishments for 2010 include goals for sodium and obesity reduction (Acrobat 100k)
—December 31, 2010

Globe and Mail: Voluntary approach to salt limits called into question
—November 2, 2010

Economic Prevention Dividend: Key References (Acrobat 4573k)
—October 25, 2010

Sodium: Excerpts of key References (Acrobat 5028k)
—October 25, 2010

Championing Public Health Nutrition 2010: Conference Registration NOW OPEN!
—August 25, 2010

Toronto Board of Health--Sodium Reduction Strategy
—August 20, 2010

Current Sodium Regulations for Infant Foods (Acrobat 31k)
—July 29, 2010

CSPI Comment on Strategy: Putting the Pepper on the Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada (Acrobat 232k)
—July 29, 2010

Sodium Working Group: Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada (Acrobat 5301k)
—July 29, 2010

Canadian Medical Association Journal: Public health and nutrition advocates fear regulatory inaction has become the norm
—June 14, 2010

Globe and Mail editorial The Pillar of Salt Can Be Knocked Down
—January 22, 2010

Label Make-Over: What the Label Doesn’t Tell You (Acrobat 788k)
—December 15, 2009

Globe and Mail: Sodium deserves some odium
—November 30, 2009

Movie theatre popcorn reviews in December's issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter (Acrobat 2062k)
—November 19, 2009

Editorial in the Montreal Gazette & Vancouver Sun--Salt shakeup: We need to know what's in our food
—November 17, 2009

Canadian Medical Association Journal: Effective population-wide public health interventions to promote sodium reduction
—October 27, 2009

Canadian Medical Association Journal: Sifting for salt strategies from the Sodium Working Group
—October 13, 2009

Global TV News: Salt group peppered with questions over delays
—October 6, 2009

Globe & Mail: 'Invisible' sodium think tank under fire
—October 6, 2009

CSPI Testimony at the Sodium Briefing of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (Acrobat 251k)
—October 5, 2009

Toronto Star: Hold the Salt
—September 29, 2009

CBC: Rein in deadly salt in food supply: report
—September 24, 2009

Globe & Mail: Salt variation between brands raises call for cuts
—September 24, 2009

Ottawa Citizen: Feds doing too little to cut salt from Canadians’ diets: Report
—September 24, 2009

CTV: Report calls on Canada to set salt targets for food
—September 24, 2009

United Kingdom Food Standards Agency Targets for Reducing Sodium in Foods (Acrobat 41k)
—September 24, 2009

Report: Salty to a Fault (Acrobat 3329k)
—September 23, 2009

Media comment on report, Salty to a Fault (Acrobat 120k)
—September 23, 2009

US Developments re Sodium
—March 26, 2009

National Post: Salty Talk
—February 18, 2009

Canadian Medical Association Journal: Get excess salt out of our diet
—February 3, 2009

American Heart Association Recommends Changing Advice to Limit Daily Sodium Intake from 2,300 mg to 1,500 mg
—January 23, 2009

Mandate of Sodium Working Group
—May 23, 2008

News release: Reductions needed in the sodium added to foods: Lowering dietary salt intake would save lives, reduce medical costs, health groups say
—October 25, 2007

Blood Pressure Canada Sodium Policy Recommendations
—October 25, 2007

Members of the Sodium Working Group
—October 25, 2007

Health Canada Announces Sodium Working Group
—October 25, 2007

Statistics Canada: Sodium Consumption at All Ages
—May 1, 2007

British Medical Journal
—April 20, 2007

Comment on Statistics Canada's Figures on Sodium Consumption
—April 10, 2007

World Health Organization: Reducing Salt Intake in Populations
—October 7, 2006

Dietary Reference Intakes for Water, Potassium, Sodium Chloride, and Sulfate 2005
—January 1, 2005

National High Blood Pressure Prevention and Control Strategy: Report of the Expert Working Group (Recommendations at p. 73)
—January 31, 2000


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