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Misinformation Surrounds FDA Proposal on Salt Substitutes

A recent proposal by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow the use of salt substitutes in standardized foods for sodium reduction has been misconstrued in online narratives, falsely connecting it to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. One widely shared post on a messaging platform, previously known as Twitter, has claimed that Gates is funding the replacement of organic salt with a “mRNA chemical laced inorganic synthetic salt substitute.”

This misinformation appears to originate from an article published by The People’s Voice. The article inaccurately suggests that the FDA is endorsing a transition from traditional salt to a salt substitute supposedly linked to Bill Gates, implying that these products are laden with mRNA chemicals. It further alleges that two specific salt-substitute brands are financially backed by Gates.

However, an FDA spokesperson clarified that the FDA’s proposal does not advocate for the replacement of salt with any particular substitute. The proposed amendment, issued in April 2023, allows food manufacturers to use substitutes to reduce sodium content in standardized foods. The FDA proposal does not specify permitted salt substitutes, emphasizing the need for safe and suitable ingredients that serve the functions of salt in food.

The article references Nu-Salt and Morton salt substitute brands, both primarily containing potassium chloride, along with other ingredients like fumaric acid, monocalcium phosphate, and silicon dioxide. Contrary to the misleading claim, mRNA is not an ingredient in existing salt substitutes available on the market.

Christopher Simmons, a professor and chair of the Food Science and Technology department at the University of California, Davis, explained that while some salt substitutes might contain traces of mRNA in natural flavorings, it is not a direct ingredient in these substitutes. He also noted that when consumed in alignment with dietary recommendations for sodium and potassium levels, salt substitutes are not associated with negative health effects.

Additionally, a spokesperson for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation refuted the claim that Bill Gates is involved in replacing salt with a substitute and emphasized that there is no evidence of Gates directly funding salt-substitute companies.

In conclusion, the assertion that the FDA is replacing salt with “mRNA fake salt” funded by Bill Gates is entirely false and based on a misinterpretation of the FDA proposal. READ: What Vitamin Deficiency Causes You To Crave Salt?


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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