Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has teamed up with Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and Bill Mattos, the president of the California Poultry Federation, in turning up the heat on USDA over the amount of salt water poultry processors are allowed to inject into poultry products and call them natural.
"I have long fought to ensure that all consumer product labels are fair and truthful," Boxer said. "Unfortunately, since 2003, chicken injected with sodium additives has been allowed to be misleadingly labeled as 100% all-natural. There is nothing 'all-natural' about chicken injected with sodium additives."
The consumer advocates' concern is, when a sodium solution is injected, poultry meat's inherent health benefits are diminished. Injected poultry products have a sodium content that offers up to eight times more salt per serving than natural chicken that is not injected, an issue for consumers seeking to reduce the amount of salt in their diets.