“What to Expect from FDA on Sodium Reduction and Nutrition Claims” with Beth Johnson, Food Directions

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 2:00 pm–2:45 pm Sarasota

In 2018, FDA Commissioner Gottlieb issued a major new approach to nutrition policy that could have significant implications for snack producers. Further, the updated Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for sodium and potassium, published on March 5, is expected to result in a renewed push by FDA for food companies to voluntarily reduce sodium in their products. The FDA will also be looking at redefining claims such as “healthy” and simplifying ingredient statements. In this session, SNAC’s Nutrition Consultant, Beth Johnson, will walk through what this all means, and outline specific steps you need to take to be prepared.

Beth Johnson

MS, RD, Principal & CEO
Food Directions

Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson, MS, RD, founded Food Directions LLC in February 2010. Johnson’s unique experience and skill set helps clients gain valuable insight into the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Capitol Hill. Johnson also has strong relationships with thought leaders at NGOs, food associations, and consumer groups, which help Food Directions gain a diverse perspective on food issues.

Prior to starting Food Directions LLC, Johnson served as Executive Vice President for Public Affairs for the National Restaurant Association where she oversaw government affairs, public policy and communications for the organization. In 2008, Johnson was named Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety at USDA where she lead and oversaw the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). In addition to her service as Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety, Johnson was deputy chief of staff and senior advisor for the Secretary of Agriculture at USDA, where she focused on agricultural trade, animal health, food safety and nutrition.