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Action on Salt


Public Health England re-published the Salt Targets as part of their 'Sugar reduction and wider reformulation programme', one of the main commitments in Childhood obesity: a plan for action. Reformulation has already proved to be an effective strategy as shown in the UK’s salt reduction programme which was successful and has served as a model for many countries worldwide. Reformulation is the process of changing the recipes of existing food or drink products to improve its overall nutritional profile. There are many ways this can be done; by reducing the levels of fats, sugars and salt and increasing fruit, vegetables, fibre and micronutrient content. The majority of the food industry have been engaged in reformulation as part of their efforts to reduce salt for a number of years.

As part of the government strategy to reduce levels of obesity in the UK, the government has developed a number of programmes to encourage the food industry to reduce salt, sugar, and calories. A similar programme to the salt reduction programme would ensure a significant reduction in excess calories intakes which contribute to reducing excess weight and obesity in children and families by 2024. Salt reduction was highlighted as a priority for prevention in the health secretary's Prevention Green Paper in 2019. Following Boris' response to COVID and links with obesity, other strategies were pushed through, including calorie reduction targets.

More information about their strategies and important documents can be found using the links on the left:

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