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Hold the Salt, Please?

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New York City health officials have passed regulations on calories and trans fat. Now they are working on reducing the salt that New Yorkers ingest.

The city health department plans to release guidelines today suggesting the maximum amount of salt that should be in all sorts of manufactured and packaged food. The recommendations call for big decreases in many products.

But unlike the city's ban on trans fats in restaurants or requirements that they post calorie counts, companies won't be under any obligation to cut the amount of salt in foods. Officials say the efforts will help prevent health problems, including high blood pressure.

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