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NMPF Comments on Approaches to Reducing Sodium Consumption

February 3, 2012

In September 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) requested public comments, data and information relevant to the dietary intake of sodium and current approaches to promote sodium reduction. They are considering ways to promote gradual, achievable and sustainable reduction of sodium intake over time.

NMPF submitted comments last week, which highlighted:

  • The benefits of multiple interventions (including weight loss, physical activity, and diet) in reducing hypertension, rather than reduction of sodium consumption alone;
  • The multiple roles of sodium in cheese manufacture, the technological challenges in replacing sodium in cheese, and the labeling challenges with reducing sodium in cheese;
  • The voluntary and proactive efforts of the dairy industry to reduce sodium in cheese. NMPF urged FDA to avoid federal restrictions on sodium content in foods.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Briczinski.