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Watch out for salt content in soup

25th February 2010

Soups sold in high street cafes and stores contain high levels of salt.

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The findings by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) showed that such soups may not always be the healthiest option for customers.

It analysed 575 soups and found that a quarter failed to meet Food Standards Agency targets on salt content of 0.6g of salt in a 100g portion.

However, CASH did find a 17% reduction in salt content of ready to eat ranges since its 2007 survey.

CASH highlighted one of the worst offenders as cafe chain Eat's 907g Bold Thai Green Chicken Curry soup, which it said contained more than 8g of salt, though the chain said it was gradually reducing its salt levels in soups.

Cash chairman Professor Graham MacGregor said: "The majority of the food industry is slowly taking out the salt from food, including these soups.

"We commend the progress so far, however they haven't gone far enough if we are to save the maximum number of lives."

Cash, which is urging manufacturers to reduce salt levels, said among supermarket-own brands it tested, 93% met 2010 FSA salt targets, compared with 66% of branded products.

Prof MacGregor has urged consumers to boycott products high in salt.

The New Covent Garden Food Company said it had reduced salt levels to below the Food Standards Agency's average targets and uses the government-approved FSA traffic light labelling system.

Heinz said its entire soup range was already within average targets and was working to cut salt further.

 

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