FDA issues draft guidance to food industry for voluntarily reducing sodium in processed and commercially prepared food
Today, the FDA issued draft guidance that provides practical, voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry. The draft short-term (two-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 –from an average intake of approximately 3,400 mg/day.
The science supporting the relationship between sodium reduction and health is clear: When sodium intake increases, blood pressure increases, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke – two leading causes of death in the United States.
The draft guidance is available for public comment; the FDA wants to hear from stakeholders during the 90- and 150-day comment periods on this draft guidance.
Click here for the news release, the draft guidance for industry and a fact sheet.