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New salt targets announced

New targets to reduce the amount of salt added to foods like bread, bacon, pizzas and savoury snacks have been announced today (18 May).

As part of its drive to reduce people's risk of developing heart disease, the Food Standards Agency has published voluntary salt reduction targets for the industry to meet by 2012. Around 75% of the salt we eat is already in everyday foods. The targets have been set for those foods which are eaten the most, such as bread, meat products and cereals, as well as convenience foods like pizza and savoury snacks.

More challenging targets have been set for 80 categories of foods to ensure the momentum in reducing salt levels is maintained by retailers and food manufacturers.

Mike Rich, Executive Director of the Blood Pressure Association, said: “We are a nation addicted to salt, and the food industry has a huge responsibility to help us wean ourselves off the 'white stuff'.*

“It's encouraging to see the work being done to reduce the salt content of many of our manufactured foods, but it's disappointing that the original recommendations for bread - a staple of our diets and a major contributor to our daily salt intake - are being relaxed.

“Some of the leading retailers have shown it is possible to achieve and even exceed the initial targets for reducing salt in bread, so this should be the case for all. Until then, we urge the UK public to use their loaves and go for the lowest salt options when choosing their daily bread."

How to cut down on salt

Please visit our salt pages for practical ideas for cutting down on salt and lowering your blood pressure for life:

Salt - a dangerous addiction

List of salt targets

See the full range of the Food Standards Agency's salt targets for more than 80 foods (Excel file)

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