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Melissa Allison follows the world's biggest coffee-shop chain and other Seattle caffeine purveyors.

April 27, 2010 at 12:54 PM

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Starbucks pledges to reduce salt in breakfast sandwiches

Posted by Melissa Allison

Starbucks is among 16 companies that pledged Monday to cut salt in their products as part of a national effort begun by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Reuters reports.

Starbucks will cut salt in its breakfast sandwiches, like the bacon, gouda and egg frittata that currently has 1,050 mg. of sodium.

Other companies participating in Bloomberg's National Salt Reduction Initiative, which aims to reduce salt in restaurant and packaged foods by 25 percent over five years, are Au Bon Pain, Boar's Head, FreshDirect, Goya, Hain Celestial Group, Heinz, Kraft, LiDestri, Mars Food US, McCain Foods, Red Gold,Inc., Subway, Unilever, Uno Chicago Grill and White Rose.

U.S. researchers found recently that cutting salt intake by nearly 10 percent could prevent hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes over several decades and save the United States $32 billion in health-care costs, Reuters reported.

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