New publication calls for government to curb the production and sale of cheap salty junk food

A new study by CASH member Professor Francesco Cappuccio, indicates that across Europe people of low socioeconomic background eat more salt than those on higher incomes – which can contribute to the lower life expectancy seen in these groups.

Professor Cappuccio says that "The government can do something about this by discouraging manufacturers from producing cheap, salty food and distributors from selling them. These are the types of foods consumed by those on lower incomes because they are inexpensive but ultimately they have a detrimental effect on your health.”

Campaign Manager for CASH Sonia Pombo says "The UK salt reduction programme benefits the entire population including those less educated, which is why this has been hailed such a success. However, in order to reach those most in need more effectively, manufacturers need to do a lot more. Good quality nutritious food should be available for all, not just the well-educated or well off; it is immoral to make the unhealthy option cheaper. Voluntary efforts however will only go so far without substantial pressure from the conservative government, so it's time they got tough with the industry and demanded more progress."

Click here for the paper