FDA issues draft voluntary sodium reduction targets
3 June 2016
The FDA has issued draft voluntary salt reduction targets for processed and packaged foods. The guidance to industry proposes levels of sodium in 150 categories of processed and restaurant foods. Once finalised, interim targets are set to be met in two years and more ambitious targets are set to be met in 10 years. The guidance proposes maximum sodium levels for each of the categories of foods, as well as sales weighted average for companies to meet.
The draft guidance is currently open for comments.
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Saadia Noorani, Public Health Nutritionist at WASH says " It's fantastic news that the US has issued draft voluntary sodium reduction targets for processed and packaged foods. This a a significant step in improving the health of the US population which will contribute to reducing heart disease and stokes. Reducing salt in the most cost effective measure to improve population health outcomes and we urge other countries to follow."