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Campbell Soup Company announced that it's cutting the sodium in its SpaghettiOs canned pasta products by up to 35 percent in an effort to make the dishes healthier for kids.
"Offering healthier versions of our products for kids is a major priority for Campbell," Sean Connolly, president of Campbell's U.S. soups, sauces and beverages, said in a statement obtained by Slashfood.
"Changing the recipe of SpaghettiOs comes on the heels of reducing sodium in our condensed kids soups to healthy levels. It's also consistent with our commitment to advertise only sound food choices to children."
The announcement comes a week after General Mills announced it will cut the amount of sugar in its cereals marketed to kids 12 and under, including Lucky Charms and Trix.
It's the company's second sodium cut in two years and brings SpaghettiOs in line with government criteria for "healthy entrees," those foods "controlled for fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and containing a significant level of at least two positive nutrients," the company said.
Less-salty versions of SpaghettiOs products including SpaghettiOs Original and SpaghettiOs A to Z's should be on store shelves in April, WSMV.com reported. Other products will hit stores in July.
Each serving of the lower-sodium canned pasta will contain "at least five essential nutrients," a full serving of vegetables and, for plain varieties, a full serving of grains, the company said.
A one-cup serving must have 600 milligrams of sodium or less to meet FDA and USDA criteria for a healthy main dish.
Campbell has cut the sodium level in more than 100 of its products by 25 percent to 50 percent over the past four years, WSMV.com reported.