The Associated Press July 21, 2010, 11:18AM ET

Del Monte Foods says it will cut salt by 20 pct

Food producer Del Monte Foods Co. said Thursday it plans to cut sodium by at least 20 percent in all of its vegetable, tomato and broth products that contain added salt by 2015.

The move includes Del Monte's namesake brand as well as S&W, Contadina and College Inn.

Other food makers such as ConAgra Foods Inc. and Kraft Foods Inc. have been cutting sodium under pressure from shoppers and the government to make food healthier.

On Monday, Schwan's Food Service Inc., which serves pizza to about three-quarters of the nation's schools, said it is cutting the salt in those pizzas by at least 10 percent.

Del Monte shares fell 10 cents to $13.60 in morning trading.


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