FDA – Sodium Reduction – Comment Period Extension for Draft Guidance to Industry for Voluntarily Reducing Sodium

The FDA is extending the two comment periods for the Draft Guidance to Industry for Voluntarily Reducing Sodium.

  • The comment period for issues primarily related to the draft short-term (2-year) sodium reduction targets will end on October 17, 2016.
  • The comment period for issues primarily related to the draft long-term (10-year) sodium reduction targets will end on December 2, 2016.

The comment period for the draft sodium guidance opened on June 2, 2016. That notice originally provided a 90-day comment period requesting comments on Issues 1 to 4 (or issues mainly related to the 2-year draft targets) by August 31, 2016 and a 150-day comment period for Issues 5 to 8 (mainly on the 10-year targets) by October 31, 2016.

The FDA received eight requests from industry trade associations to extend both comment periods to provide a total of 180 days for comment on the short- and long-term targets and three requests from consumer and public health organizations for the comment period regarding the short-term targets to remain unchanged.

For more information:

Federal Register Notice: Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals: Target Mean and Upper Bound Concentrations for Sodium in Commercially Processed, Packaged, and Prepared Foods; Draft Guidance for Industry; Extension of Comment Periods

(Source: FDA website)

FSA UK – Guidance for authorities and food businesses on use of private water supplies in primary production

Annex I, Part A, 4(d) and 5(c) of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 requires that food business operators rearing, harvesting or hunting animals or producing primary products of animal origin, and producing or harvesting plant products, respectively, are to take adequate measures to use potable, or clean water, whenever necessary to prevent contamination. This guidance has been produced to assist enforcement officers and food business operators determine use of appropriate water supplies in primary production operations on farm.

The scope of this guidance is restricted to the use of clean water in primary production activities that are within the scope of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004.

The FSA opened a public consultation and is inviting comments from enforcement authorities and food business operators on its guidance document. You can find this useful and peculiar document HERE

Responses are requested by: Wednesday, 18 February 2015. Within three months of a consultation ending FSA aims to publish a summary of responses received.