FDA releases voluntary sodium targets for restaurants, packaged food

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Today, the FDA released draft guidance that outlines a series of “voluntary targets” for restaurants and packaged-food manufacturers to reduce sodium levels. In today’s guidance, the FDA set voluntary targets for 150 categories of food, including both restaurant and packaged foods. The FDA says its goal over time is to bring the average American’s sodium consumption to below 2,300 mg a day, down from a level of about 3,400 mg today (according to FDA estimates).

The NRA has been engaged on this issue for some time with the FDA and various member companies.  Among our comments, we strongly encouraged the FDA to promote a process to reevaluate and update the 2005 Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for sodium before moving forward with national recommendations. However, the FDA issued these voluntary targets without the DRI update.

We will provide more detailed information as we analyze the guidance.

FDA materials

(Source: National Restaurant Association)