WASHINGTON – A joint meeting on approaches to reduce sodium consumption will be held by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) on Nov. 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the FDA White Oak Campus, The Great Room, Building 31, Room 1503, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20993.

There will also be an interactive Webcast, with closed captioning, according to the American Meat Institute.

This meeting is part of a broader effort by FDA and other agencies to obtain comments, data and evidence relevant to the dietary intake of sodium as well as current and emerging approaches designed to promote sodium reduction and is tied to the joint FDA/FSIS Sept. 15 request for information published in the Federal Register (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FRPubs/2011-0014.pdf).

The public meeting provides a forum for the agencies to hear directly from participants on the topics raised in the Federal Register notice and will inform possible future action by the agencies.

To register to attend the meeting, webcast or present data at the Nov. 10 meeting, please visit https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?EID=FDA110E by Nov. 3 as space is limited. Written or electronic comments must be submitted by Nov. 29.

The Federal Register notice for this meeting can be accessed atApproaches to Reducing Sodium Consumption; Public Meeting.