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Food agency launches campaign to reduce salt intake

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 16 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:644
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    The Food Standards Agency, the United Kingdom's food safety watchdog, has launched a campaign to encourage people to reduce the amount of salt in their diet.

    It recommends that individuals eat no more than 6 g of salt a day, a figure that is based on advice from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy in 1994 and endorsed last year by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition in its report Salt and Health.

    However, the agency says men are eating on average 11 g of salt a day while women eat an average of 8.1 g a day.

    A high salt …

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