Lessons Learned: Opportunities and Challenges to Monitoring Sodium in the Food Supply
Washington, DC, Virtual
January 24, 2024
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

A significant component of the public health strategy in the US and Canada relies on monitoring sodium in the food supply to evaluate industry progress against the voluntary sodium reduction targets established in both countries. This webinar will provide RDNs, public health professionals, policy makers and researchers with critical information on the data and technologies available to monitor the nutrition of the food supply including key challenges and limitations.

Health Canada will present their approach to monitoring, lessons learned and the changes they implemented going into their second round of monitoring. Attendees will learn detailed information about Global Data Strategy and the use of the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) as a unique identifier for food and beverage products, what causes changes in the GTIN and the complexities of monitoring foods over time.

Finally, attendees will understand how USDA’s FoodData Central is preparing for these challenges and the data quality and validation measures being put in place to ensure data integrity and elevate this dataset as a useful tool for real time monitoring of the nutrition of the food supply.


Trish Zecca, M.S. IAFNS, Moderator

Dino Covone, Chief, Nutrition Regulations and Standards Division Health Canada

Scott Brown, Senior Director, Global Data Strategy 1WorldSync

Kyle McKillop, MS USDA FoodData Central, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center

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IAFNS is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The Webinar: What’s New — Lessons Learned — Opportunities and Challenges to Monitoring Sodium in the Food Supply awards 1 Continuing Professional Education Unit (CPEU) in accordance with the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s CPEU Prior Approval Program.

This webinar is supported by the IAFNS Sodium in Food & Health Implications Committee

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