NDP health critic Libby Davies introduced a private member's bill in the House of Commons Monday containing a raft of measures to help Canadians cut salt from their diet... "It's a very significant public health issue. There have been expert estimates that - especially if we base it on some of the U.S. for this, that anywhere from (10,000) to 16,000 deaths every year in Canada could be prevented if we had an adequate sodium reduction," Davies said. "So that's very significant and that's not counting the number of people who will encounter significant health problems, cardiovascular problems as a result of very high salt intake."
Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq will get another chance to run away from the recommendations of the government-led Sodium Working Group (SWG). Or, she could surprise us all and back a new bill to implement the group’s recommendations to reduce the sodium intake of Canadians. NDP health critic and deputy leader Libby Davies tabled her private member’s bill Monday. It’s straightforward: the health minister must implement the SWG’s Sodium Reduction Strategy, including establishing a monitoring system to track the progress of food companies.
NDP health critic Libby Davies tabled a bill Monday encouraging Ottawa to enact a strategy requiring food manufacturers to lower sodium levels, among other tough-on-salt measures. The bill, formally named An Act Respecting the Implementation of the Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada, will take its cues from a list of recommendations that were published by Health Canada in July 2010.