WASHINGTON – The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration intend to publish a notice in the Sept. 15 Federal Register announcing the creation of dockets 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.

Both agencies are seeking information and data to better inform them about current and emerging practices by the private sector in sodium reduction; current consumer understanding of the role of sodium in hypertension and other chronic illnesses; sodium consumption practices; motivation and barriers in reducing sodium in their food intakes; and issues associated with the development of targets for sodium reduction in foods to promote reduction in excess sodium intake.

Comments and data will be accepted for 75 days after publication in the Federal Register. 

An advanced copy of the dockets can be read at theFederal Register web site.