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Nestle vows to speed cuts in salt use

GENEVA — The world’s biggest food and drink company is pledging to speed up making hundreds of products with less salt to honor new UN dietary guidelines.

Switzerland-based Nestle says further cuts in salt will be made in all of its food brands worldwide in keeping with the World Health Organization’s guideline, issued earlier this year, that adults should limit salt intake to no more than 5 grams per day.

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The company’s statement on Monday said hundreds of products would be affected, including soups, noodles, recipe mixes, frozen and chilled meals, and pizzas in popular brands like Maggi, Stouffer’s, and DiGiorno.

Nestle said its previous efforts ‘‘to progressively and continuously reduce the salt in its foods’’ have cut the salt used in its recipes by 14,043 tons, compared to 2005.

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