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FDA Extends Comment Period for Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals

Thursday, August 25, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the comment periods for the Draft Guidance to Industry for Voluntarily Reducing Sodium . The comment period for issues primarily related to the draft short-term, two-year sodium reduction targets will end on October 17, 2016, while the comment period for issues related to the draft long-term, 10-year sodium reduction targets will end on December 2, 2016. The Meat Institute earlier this month sent a letter to FDA requesting an extension in both comment periods, citing the technical nature of the draft guidance and proposed targets, and the need for additional time to determine the impact of the proposal on the regulatory environment, marketing practices, research and development and industry suppliers.

The draft short-term, two-year targets seek to decrease sodium intake to about 3,000 milligrams (mg) per day, while the long-term, 10-year targets seek to reduce sodium intake to 2,300 mg per day. The targets, which cover nearly 150 food categories, including meat and poultry, sandwiches and mixed dishes, are intended to complement existing efforts by food manufacturers, restaurants and food service operations to reduce sodium in foods. Comments should be submitted online or by mail to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

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