The FDA wants to regulate the amount of salt in your diet. That’s right, bureaucrats in Washington are offended that you aren’t eating according to their preferences, and they are doing something about it.

From the Washington Post:

“Currently, manufacturers can use as much salt as they like in products because under federal standards, it falls into the category deemed “generally recognized as safe.” Foodmakers are merely required to report the amount on nutrition labels.

“But for the past 30 years, health officials have grown increasingly alarmed as salt intake has increased with the explosion in processed foods and restaurant meals.Most adults consume about twice the government’s daily recommended limit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

I’ll recommend my own salt limit, thanks. Maybe I have low blood pressure, and need more salt in order to keep from passing out. Maybe I watch my health. Or maybe I just enjoy a good meal, and don’t want some central planner regulating what I ingest. But if the FDA has it’s way, then our preferences are about to change anyway.  

“This is a 10-year program,” one source said. “This is not rolling off a log. We’re talking about a comprehensive phase-down of a widely used ingredient. We’re talking about embedded tastes in a whole generation of people.”

Like phasing down and embedding language in Oceania?   The FDA is treating us like children. They are reveling in their power, as only unelected, fourth branch bureacrats can. Have you ever seen such paternalism before? Actually, don’t answer that. It might give an FDA official more ideas.