All packaged food and restaurant category meetings were completed by the end of 2009. Proposed targets were publicly released in January 2010. Final targets were made public in Spring 2010. Final targets and industry commitments for 2012 and 2014 are available on the Health Department website.5
NSRI progress will be assessed through monitoring changes in the sodium content of food by category and through assessment of changes in population sodium intake. In 2012 and 2014, the NSRI will assess progress toward 2012 and 2014 food category targets, utilizing updated NSRI Packaged Food and Restaurant Food databases. To assure that the most recent reformulation achievements are captured, industry will also be asked to provide nutrition and unit sales data for target years, although analysis will not rely upon industry provision of this information.
In 2010, the NYC Health Department will conduct a 24-hour urinary sodium evaluation on a representative sample of NYC residents to assess current NYC population sodium intake. Plans are to repeat this study in 2014 for analysis of change in population sodium intake.
As of February 2010, the undersigned agencies and organizations have expressed commitment to the NSRI and have agreed to work toward the goal of reducing population salt intake by at least 20 percent during the next 5 years by setting targets and monitoring progress through a transparent, public process.
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
American College of Cardiology
American College of Epidemiology
American Heart Association
American Medical Association
American Public Health Association
American Society of Hypertension
Arizona Department of Health Services
Association of Black Cardiologists
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Baltimore City Health Department
Boston Public Health Commission
California Department of Public Health
Available online: http://www.nyc.gov/health/salt (accessed March 3, 2010).