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FDA Delays Salt Guidelines

The public is getting a little more time to shake things up on salt use.

After requests from food groups for further discussion, the Food and Drug Administration has postponed the rollout of new guidelines to reduce sodium in processed foods and restaurant meals. The agency is extending the comment period until October 17.

The public will have until that date to comment on the FDA’s short-term sodium reduction plan that aims to reduce the average American’s salt consumption to 3,000 milligrams each day. Comments on the 10-year plan to further reduce salt intake to 2,300 milligrams per day will be accepted until December 2.

The FDA will consider the comments before issuing a final statement on the draft guidelines it issued in June encouraging food manufacturers and restaurants to use less salt.