The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued final guidance to the food industry for voluntarily reducing sodium in processed, packaged and prepared foods.
The agency aims to cut the average sodium intake by 12% Ð from 3,400 to 3,000 milligrams a day over the next two and a half years. According to the press release,
Although the average intake would still be above the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended limit of 2,300 mg per day for those 14 and older, we know that even these modest reductions made slowly over the next few years will substantially decrease diet-related diseases
The guidance is aimed at reducing sodium levels in 163 subcategories of foods.