FDA ‘working diligently on final guidance for industry with voluntary short-term targets for sodium’

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine urged the FDA to tackle sodium in processed foods. In 2016, the FDA proposed voluntary guidelines, setting two-year and 10-year goals for 158 food categories… but they were never finalized. So is 2021 – with a new administration – the year that sodium reduction will move back up the food policy agenda?

The FDA has not committed to a timeline, but told FoodNavigator-USA it “has been working diligently on final guidance for industry with voluntary short-term targets for sodium in various food categories.”

“about 70% of the sodium we consume comes from processed and restaurant food, successful sodium reduction depends on reducing sodium across the food supply​,” added a spokesperson.

‘I think we can look forward to progress from the Biden administration’

So is Michael Jacobson, PhD, co-founder of the Washington-DC-based health advocacy nonprofit The Center for Science in the Public Interest​ (he stepped down as executive director in 2017, but remains a senior scientist) expecting to see some movement this year?

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