Wal-Mart announces plan to cut salt, sugar in food

Posted Jan. 20 at 10:32 a.m.

Wal-Mart on Thursday  unveiled a five-year plan to sell more nutritional food at a Washington news conference that included First Lady Michelle Obama.

The plan includes reducing sodium by 25 percent in grain products, lunch meats, salad dressing and frozen food.

It also means reducing sugar by 10 percent in dairy products, sauces and fruit drinks. Wal-Mart also plans to get rid of packaged products with industrially produced trans fats.

The company said it would make these changes in its Great Value line of products, and work with suppliers to make sure they do the same thing.

“No family should have to choose between food that is healthier for them and food they can afford,” said Wal-Mart Stores Chief Executive Bill Simon. “With more than 140 million customer visits each week, Wal-Mart is uniquely positioned to make a difference by making food healthier and more affordable to everyone.”

Wal-Mart’s stock edged up 1 percent on the news.

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