FDA Enters Rulemaking to Permit Salt Substitutes

On April 10, 2023, the FDA published a proposed rule to amend the standards of identity (SOIs) to permit the use of salt substitutes in foods for which salt is a required or optional ingredient.  The proposed rule does not list permitted salt substitutes but defines them as safe and suitable replacements that serve the functions of salt in food.  FDA believes this rule could help manufacturers meet the voluntary sodium reduction targets in its October 2021 Guidance for Industry. Comments on the proposed rule are due August 8, 2023.