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Food: Salt

Volume 715: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider methods for reducing the salt content of children's food below 3 grams for five year-olds, 5 grams for seven-to-ten year-olds, and 6 grams for those over 11, following recent findings. [HL391]

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set voluntary salt reduction targets for around 80 categories of food to be met by the food industry by 2010; and an additional, stricter set of targets to be achieved by 2012. Foods that contribute to children's diets are generally the same as those that contribute to adults diets. As the FSA's salt targets apply to all foods within the defined categories, whether these are aimed at adults or children, achievement of these targets by the food industry will help to secure a reduction in children's intakes.