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The accuracy, detail, and timeliness of food composition databases are essential for measuring sodium intake from dietary studies.

Strategy 5.7 USDA in cooperation with HHS should develop approaches utilizing current and new methodologies and databases to monitor the sodium content of the total food supply.

Current databases should be enhanced to more completely assess and track the sodium content of products in the food supply, including processed foods and restaurant or foodservice menu items; they should also be updated with sufficient frequency to allow monitoring and assessment of the stepwise process.

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