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Public Health England Salt targets 2017: Progress report
Salt targets 2017: Progress report A report on the food industry's progress towards meeting the 2017 salt targets
At long last Public Health England (PHE) have released an analysis of progress made towards the 2017 salt reduction targets, which should have been released a year ago. The report shows a very poor response from the food industry, both manufacturers and, particularly, the out of home sector.
You can download the full report and press release from Public Health England below.
A comprehensive programme of salt reduction targets needs to be reignited and if this report tells us anything, it is that the food industry cannot, and must not, be made solely responsibly for lowering our salt intakes.
Professor Graham MacGregor, Chairman of Blood Pressure UK and the salt reduction charity Action on Salt says “Such poor progress in PHE’s attempt to reduce salt intake is a national tragedy. This report confirms what we know already – that voluntary targets need comprehensive monitoring and guidance but this has been completely lacking from PHE. As a result, thousands of unnecessary strokes and heart attacks have occurred and billions of pounds wasted by the NHS and tragically more than 4000 premature deaths per year have occurred.”
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