WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has extended two comment periods on its draft guidance to the industry on voluntary sodium reduction. The comment period for 2-year sodium reduction targets moved to Oct. 17 from Aug. 31. The comment period for the 10-year targets moved to Dec. 2 from Oct. 31.
The F.D.A. in the June 2 issue of the Federal Register issued the draft guidance, which set voluntary goals for sodium reduction in a variety of food categories that are commercially processed, packaged or prepared. Daily average sodium intake per person in the United States is about 3,400 mg, according to the F.D.A. The draft guidance gives a 2-year goal of reducing intake to 3,000 mg per day and a 10-year goal of reducing intake to 2,300 mg per day.