Comment from Consensus Action on Salt and Health on Ruth Kelly’s announcement that junk food will be banned from school vending machines:

28th September 2005
Dr Emma Mast, spokesperson from CASH, said:  “We are delighted that children in schools are to be offered healthy options from vending machines, and will not have the option to buy salty snacks.  And we also welcome the introduction of proper nutritional standards in schools.

We know that children who eat lots of salty foods are more likely to develop high blood pressure as they get older. It can also give them a taste for salty food, making them more likely to continue eating too much salt as adults, further affecting their health.”