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Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR): Nutrition Labeling (HHS/FDA, 2007b)

Requested comments on questions including:

  • Should the Daily Reference Value (DRV) for sodium be based on the Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for sodium (2,300 mg) or on the Adequate Intake (AI; 1,500 mg/d) using the population-coverage approach?

  • If the UL is used, should it be adjusted using the same approach (population-weighted or population-coverage) as the other Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs)?



Public Hearing (HHS/FDA, 2007c)

Discussed: use of symbols to communicate nutrition information, consideration of consumer studies and nutrition criteria


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)


Nutrition Labeling (USDA, 1993)

Adopted similar food labeling provisions as FDA for USDA-regulated products (notably meat and meat products)



Commodity Distribution Program (provides 15–20% of school lunch program foods)

Recommended specific sodium reductions for 10 commodity food categories in USDA’s Commodity Distribution Program: canned beef, pork, poultry, luncheon meat, refried beans, salmon, tuna, ready-to-eat cereals, ham, and carrots

Excluded many other products due to the assumption that school children would find modifications unacceptable (USDA, 1995)

Children consuming school meals


HealthierUS School Challenge (encourages elementary, middle, and high schools to improve the nutrition content of foods provided to children and youth) (FNS, 2010)

Rewards changes in the school nutrition environment, including providing lower-sodium foods to all children and youth:

  • Gold, silver, or bronze recognition: Foods with ≤ 480 mg sodium per non-entrée or ≤ 600 mg sodium per entrée

  • Gold award of distinction: Non-entrées with ≤ 200 mg sodium and entrées with ≤ 480 mg

Children and youth consuming school meals

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