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FDA Issues Draft Guidance to Food Industry for Voluntarily Reducing Sodium in Processed and Commerci

Wednesday, June 01, 2016   (0 Comments)
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FDA Issues Draft Guidance to Food Industry for Voluntarily Reducing Sodium in Processed and Commercially Prepared Food

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a briefing for consumer/public health stakeholders to discuss FDA’s publication of draft voluntary targets for sodium reduction.


Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance for public comment that provides practical, voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry. Average sodium intake in the U.S. is approximately 3,400 mg/day. The draft short-term (2-year) and long-term (10-year) voluntary targets for industry are intended to help the American public gradually reduce sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day, a level recommended by leading experts and the overwhelming body of scientific evidence. They are intended to complement many existing efforts by food manufacturers, restaurants, and food service operations to reduce sodium in foods.

The FDA is encouraging the reduction of sodium in the food supply by publishing draft, voluntary guidance for the food industry on sodium reduction goals for commercially processed and prepared (restaurant) foods.  This draft guidance is intended to solicit stakeholder input on the FDA’s proposed draft voluntary sodium reduction goals.

For more information, please visit FDA’s Sodium Reduction webpage, or refer to the links below:

·       Federal Register Notice
·       Press Release Presentation

 The call will be today, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. ET.  The call-in number is 888-989-0724. International callers should dial 1-630-395-0361 .  The passcode for all callers is “CONSUMER”. Please refer to the slides during the call.

Dr. Susan Mayne, Director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition will provide opening remarks and will discuss issuance of the draft guidance. Also participating are technical experts, which include Ms. Kristy Mugavero, and Dr. Mary Cogswell, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Claudine Kavanaugh, and, Ms. Robin McKinnon from the Food and Drug Administration,  who will be available to answer questions during the question and answer portion of the call. Today’s call will be moderated by Dr. Helene Clayton-Jeter, Director, Cardiovascular and Endocrine Liaison Program, Office of Health and Constituent Affairs.

A replay of the briefing will be available one hour after the call ends until July 1, 2016.  To hear the replay, callers in the United States should dial 888-568-0691, and International callers may dial 402-998-1464.