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FSIS and FDA Announce Intention to Obtain Comments and Data on Sodium Intake and Reduction Strategies

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

(American Meat Institute)USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced they will publish a notice in the September 15 Federal Register announcing the establishment of dockets to obtain comments, data and evidence relevant to the dietary intake of sodium, as well as current and emerging approaches designed to promote sodium reduction. 
FSIS and FDA stated they are seeking information and data to better inform them about current and emerging practices by the private sector in sodium reduction; current consumer understanding of the role of sodium in hypertension and other chronic illnesses; sodium consumption practices; motivation and barriers in reducing sodium in their food intakes; and issues associated with the development of targets for sodium reduction in foods to promote reduction in excess sodium intake.
Comments and data will be accepted for 75 days after publication in the Federal Register.
For more information, an advanced copy of the dockets can be viewed at http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-23753_PI.pdf.

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