Target Salt 2025: A Global Overview of National Programs to Encourage the Food Industry to Reduce Salt in Foods

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Webster, Jacqui ; Trieu, Kathy ; Dunford, Elizabeth ; Hawkes, Corinna (2014)
  • Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
  • Journal: Nutrients, volume 6, issue 8, pages 3,274-3,287 (issn: 2072-6643, eissn: 2072-6643)
  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC4145308, doi: 10.3390/nu6083274
  • Subject: sodium | government initiative | food composition | food industry | cardiovascular diseases | international | monitoring | Article | salt reduction | RA
    mesheuropmc: digestive, oral, and skin physiology

Reducing population salt intake has been identified as a priority intervention to reduce non-communicable diseases. Member States of the World Health Organization have agreed to a global target of a 30% reduction in salt intake by 2025. In countries where most salt consumed is from processed foods, programs to engage the food industry to reduce salt in products are being developed. This paper provides a comprehensive overview of national initiatives to encourage the food industry to reduce salt. A systematic review of the literature was supplemented by key informant questionnaires to inform categorization of the initiatives. Fifty nine food industry salt reduction programs were identified. Thirty eight countries had targets for salt levels in foods and nine countries had introduced legislation for some products. South Africa and Argentina have both introduced legislation limiting salt levels across a broad range of foods. Seventeen countries reported reductions in salt levels in foods—the majority in bread. While these trends represent progress, many countries have yet to initiate work in this area, others are at early stages of implementation and further monitoring is required to assess progress towards achieving the global target.
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