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Salt intake slightly down

19th March 2007

Britons still eat too much salt, say experts.

According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the UK has managed to reduce its salt intake but our average daily consumption still exceeds the recommended amounts.  The announcement comes as the FSA launches Full of It!, a new campaign designed to alert the public to the dangers of hidden salt in ‘everyday foods’.  The government agency says that 75% of salt eaten in Britain is found in processed food such as pizzas, ready-made sandwiches, pasta sauces and ready-meals and a new series of TV adverts urges us to consider buying healthier alternatives.

The government’s national target for salt consumption is 6g per day but recent research has found that the average Briton is eating 9g daily, 0.5g less than in previous years.  Campaigners have welcomed the small downward trend in our salt consumption as in previous years our intake was continually rising. FSA chair Dame Deirdre Hutton said, "Today's urinary sodium results illustrate the progress that is being made in reducing the nation's daily salt intake. However, there is still some way to go before we reach the 6g target and we all now need to build on this to ensure that the downward trend continues."

However, the Salt Manufacturers' Association has reacted to the FSA’s campaign by saying that a blanket approach to cutting salt intake could be harmful to some and that more research is needed.


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