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Morton Satin, PhD
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Morton Satin: The Urban Myth of Salt and Health
The urge to come up with an instant and easy solution to hypertension has driven the salt reduction agenda in this country. Policy makers, under pressure from many sides, have chosen to ignore the preponderance of clinical evidence and are pursuing a strategy of population-wide salt reduction. This presentation will provide several recent and surprising peer-reviewed studies that seriously challenge this strategy because of the unintended health consequences expected to result from it.
Morton Satin is the Vice President of Science and Research for the Salt Institute. A molecular biologist by training, he is an internationally-known food industry and United Nations executive and author with extensive experience in all aspects of the food industry. For 16 years, he served as the chief food industry executive at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome where he directed the Global Food and Agro-Industry program. He received numerous awards for his work on new food and beverage processes including wheatless bread and shelf-stable coconut water and received the only patents ever awarded to the United Nations System. Satin was heavily involved with the Codex Alimentarius Commission and served as Scientific Secretary to the WHO/FAO/IAEA International Consultative Group on Food Irradiation. In 1989, while at FAO, Morton Satin was formally nominated for the World Food Prize by the World Food Council.
Prior to joining FAO, Satin was a senior executive for a number of multinational companies and was responsible for the first successful high fiber breads in North America as well as the first large-scale supplementation of food products with folic acid in 1977 – two decades before it became mandatory in the USA. Morton Satin has several technology patents to his name and has published over 400 articles on a wide range of food science, nutrition, technology, international trade and agribusiness topics. He is currently Chairman of the Food Safety Program Review Committee of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and is a senior international fellow of the Tokyo-based Asian Productivity Organization, where he has lectured extensively on food safety and technology. He has authored seven text books in English and Spanish on the subjects of Food Safety, Food Poisoning and Irradiation as well as his most recent book entitled Coffee Talk – all available on Amazon.