Posted on May 20, 2019 by Sustainable Food News

FDA proposes new name for healthier alternative to sodium

Agency says potassium chloride can be used as substitute for sodium chloride in food processing

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday issued draft guidance to advise food manufacturers that it will allow the use of the name “potassium chloride salt” in the ingredient statement on food labels as an alternative to the common or usual name “potassium chloride.”

The agency said the draft guidance – and the addition of the term “salt” to potassium chloride – “may encourage manufacturers to use this sodium alternative and help consumers to understand that potassium chloride can replace sodium chloride in foods.”

“This may help to reduce the intake of sodium, which is over-consumed by the U.S. population, while increasing potassium, which is under-consumed,” the FDA said.

Potassium chloride, in some instances, can be used as a partial substitute for sodium chloride in food processing and manufacturing.

Comments on the draft guidance should be submitted within 60 days after publication in the Federal Register of the notice announcing the availability of the guidance.

Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified with the docket number FDA-2019-D-0892.

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