SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. – Seaboard Foods has reduced sodium in its PrairieFresh Prime brand of fresh pork products. The sodium content for a 4-oz. serving of unseasoned PrairieFresh Prime pork loin was lowered to 280 milligrams (mg) – which is a 26 percent sodium reduction — while maintaining flavor.

Seaboard Foods began reducing sodium in its PrairieFresh Prime product line in 2010. Released in January, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends reducing sodium to less than 2,300 mg per day; persons older than 51 and African Americans of any age should limit sodium intake to 1,500 mg a day, according to the guidelines.

Seaboard explains its proprietary PrairieFresh Prime process creates an ideal ratio of lean pork protein and intramuscular fat allowing the pork to baste in its own juices when cooking for an eating experience just like the best cuts of beef.

"Since creating pork with this kind of tenderness and cookability in 2007, the PrairieFresh Prime brand has generated a whole new culinary landscape," said Tom Blumhardt, Seaboard Foods vice president of value-added sales and marketing. "We've given cooks so much more versatility in the kitchen than ever before. Now with the reduced-sodium formulation, it will fit into most everyone's diet."

PrairieFresh Prime products include unseasoned and seasoned pork loin roasts, loin filets, tenderloins, pork shoulder steaks, steamship leg of pork and pork medallions. The lower sodium formulation is also used in all PrairieFresh Prime Cook-in Bag seasoned pork loins, tenderloins, loin backribs and St. Louis style spareribs.

Seaboard Foods, Shawnee Mission, Kan., is an integrated food company and a leading US pork producer and a top exporter of pork to Japan and Mexico. Products sold internationally bear the Seaboard Farms brand. In the US, Seaboard Foods markets fresh products under the PrairieFresh Premium Pork and PrairieFresh Prime brands. Processed meats are sold under the Daily's Premium Meats brand.