CASH comment: Food Standards Agency’s Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker

The latest results from the Food Standards Agency’s Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker have consistently shown that the public are concerned about the amount of salt in their food.

As in previous waves of the tracker, the top food issues of concern for respondents were food prices (59%); the amount of salt in food (47%) and food waste (44%).

The survey showed that women (51%) and respondents aged 50-65 (57%) were more concerned about the amount of salt in food than men and all other age groups.

The respondents were also more concerned about the amount of salt in their food than about the amount of fat (43%), sugar (43%), saturated fat (41%) in food, hygiene when eating out (40%) and food poisoning such as salmonella and E.coli (30%).

Kawther Hashem, Nutritionist at CASH comments: ‘Despite manufacturers telling us their customers don’t want less salt, we are glad to see that the public are actually concerned about the amount of salt in food. The Government and the food industry must address this concern by continuing to reduce the amount of salt in food.’