Sodium Reduction Policy and Regulatory Developments

Sodium: Look at the Label

Information is listed below on sodium-related policies and regulations; sodium reduction initiatives in the United States and other countries; and reports of non-government agencies that may impact policy in the United States and other countries.

United States

Recent Policy Developments

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture

Other Policies

Congress

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Reports of Government Agencies

U.S. Government Accountability Office

  • Report to Congressional Requesters. Recommended that the FDA should strengthen its oversight of food ingredients determined to be generally recognized as safe (GRAS). GAO-10-246. Washington, DC: Government Accountability Office. Feb. 2010.

Surgeon General

Canada

European Union

Reports of Non-government Agencies

American Public Health Association

Center for Science in Public Interest

Codex Alimentarius Commission, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization

Institute of Medicine

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

World Health Organization (WHO)

Salt Reduction Initiatives

  • The National Salt Reduction Initiative: An unprecedented public-private partnership to help prevent heart disease and strokes by reducing the amount of sodium in packaged and restaurant foods. More than 100 state and local health authorities and national health organizations, set voluntary targets for salt levels in 62 categories of packaged food and 25 categories of restaurant food to guide food company sodium reductions in 2012 and 2014.
  • World Action on Salt and Health: Established in 2005 to improve the health of populations throughout the world by achieving a gradual reduction in salt intake. The aim is to bring about a reduction in salt intake throughout the world by reducing the amount of salt in processed foods as well as salt added to cooking, and at the table. The website provides information on salt reduction initiatives in Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, and Australasia.

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