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High levels of salt in fast foods

19th October 2007

A lobby group has suggested that meals at fast food restaurants could expose children to high levels of salt.


Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) carried out an analysis of foods sold at outlets such as Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Burger King and KFC.

It found that one meal from Pizza Hut contained four times the daily limit of salt for a six-year old and that KFC also did poorly.

The CASH survey discovered that a family of four sharing a Pizza Hut meal deal - consisting of one Cheesy Bites Meat Feast, one medium Super Supreme, a portion of garlic bread, a portion of potato wedges, chicken wings, and a cheesecake dessert - could eat 12.3g of salt each. A family meal at KFC could contain 5.2g of salt per person.

CASH acknowledged that the restaurants had information on the salt content of their food on the company websites, but Pizza Hut and KFC had no information at the point of sale.

The government recommends a maximum of 6g of salt per day for adults, 5g a day for children aged 7-10 and 3g for children aged 4-6.

CASH chairman Professor Graham MacGregor said: “It is over four years since the maximum daily limits for salt were established for adults and children. And yet this survey shows that the salt levels in some of these meals are staggeringly high.?

Pizza Hut, McDonalds, KFC and Burger King said they had taken steps to reduce the salt levels in their products.


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