Ortiz Praises PepsiCo’s Proposal to Cut Sodium, Sugar and Fat in Products

March 23, 2010
Albany – Today Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz (Brooklyn-51 AD), welcomed the news that PepsiCo, one of America’s largest food and beverage producers, plans to reduce the amount of sodium, sugar and fat used in their range of products. The PepsiCo move comes amid both national and international consumer pressure on companies to lower sodium, sugar and fat content that are used in food production.

The company announced on Monday that they plan to reduce the amount of sodium found in each serving of their key brands by 25% in the next five years. The company has also set two more goals by planning to reduce the average sugar and saturated fat content by 15% over the next ten years. PepsiCo CEO, Indra Nooyi, told investors on Monday that, “Shoppers are focusing more on value amid the recession and on improving their health. Governments around the world are exerting pressure to improve nutrition, but the company isn't waiting for mandates.”

The PepsiCo move follows an array of companies who have announced similar plans in recent weeks as they come under increased pressure from both the government and consumers. Kraft Foods Inc., ConArga Foods Inc., and Campbell Soup Co. have all recently announced that they plan to reduce the sodium content in their products as well.

Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz has been an advocate in the fight against the excessive use of sodium, sugar and fat used in foods for many years. Assemblyman Felix Ortiz currently has a bill sitting in the Ways and Means committee that will aid in the fight against obesity, specifically targeting our state’s youth. Bill A.2455 would impose an additional tax on certain food and drink items as well as video games, movies and CD’s and use a portion of the taxes collected to create a childhood obesity prevention program fund. Ortiz stated, “There is no place for excessive sodium, sugar or fats in our foods and it is the job of government and consumers to place pressure on these companies in order to make our foods better, safer and healthier.”