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Sodium Content in Packaged Foods by Census Division in the United States, 2009

Food type % Not Meeting FDA Sodium Limit for “Healthy”
East North Central Pacific South Atlantic
Breads 1.4 2.7 1.7
Cold cuts 60.2 51.6 61.5
Soups 65.8 67.0 61.2
Cheese 0.1 0 0.2
Savory snacks 1.3 0.9 1.1
Pizza 73.2 86.0 82.3
Poultry 23.0 0 10.1
Sandwiches 55.9 52.8 50.7
Pasta mixed dishes 82.0 83.5 86.7
Meat mixed dishes 88.5 93.9 85.6

Figure. Percentage of packaged food products sold with sodium content higher than the Food and Drug Administration limit for “healthy” food (ie, ≤480 mg per serving for breads, cold cuts, soups, cheese, and savory snacks) or meal (ie, ≤600 mg per serving for pizza, poultry, sandwiches, pasta mixed dishes, and meat mixed dishes), by US Census Division, 2009. Percentages are based on equivalized, sales-weighted estimates (weighted by ounce) to allow comparison of products by common units.

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