On June 24, 2021, the Health Canada Food Directorate proposed an amendment to the potassium and sodium values for specific age groups in the Table of Daily Values. The table sets out the recommended amounts of nutrients (the daily value) for specific age groups for nutrition labelling purposes.
The scope of the scientific document is herein summarized:
Canada’s current DVs for potassium and sodium are based on the 2005 DRIs thus proposes to update DV to reflect the new DRIs for specific age groups
Infants 6 – 12 months: increase the DV for potassium from 700 mg to 860 mg
Children 1 – 4 years: decrease the DV for sodium from 1500 mg to 1200 mg and decrease the DV for potassium from 3000 mg to 2000 mg
All other age groups: decrease the DV for potassium from 4700 mg to 3400 mg
The draft is open for public comments until September 07, 2021.
~sSelerant, 30 June 2021