The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the public comment periods for draft guidance “that provides practical, voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry.” Titled ‘‘Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals: Target Mean and Upper Bound Concentrations for Sodium in Commercially Processed, Packaged, and Prepared Foods,” the guidance sets short- and long-term sodium targets for the following food categories: (i) cheese; (ii) fats, oils and dressings; (iii) fruits, vegetables and legumes; (iv) nuts and seeds; (v) soups; (vi) sauces, gravies, dips, condiments and seasonings; (vii) cereals; (viii) bakery products; (ix) meat and poultry; (x) fish and other seafood; (xi) snacks; (xii) sandwiches; (xiii) mixed ingredient dishes; (xiv) salads; (xv) other combination foods; and (xvi) baby/toddler foods.

The agency will now accept comments pertaining to the food categories and two-year salt reduction goals until October 17, 2016. The comment period for the 10-year targets as well as feedback on technical challenges and innovative solutions to salt reduction will now be accepted until December 2.

Based on consumption data, FDA estimates that these industry measures will reduce the mean population intake to approximately 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, from 3,400 mg/day. See FDA Constituent Update, August 18, 2016.