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Department of Health Bombshell on Salt

Last week the UK government lowered by 25% the threshold for a red traffic light.

The imposition of a 1.8g per portion limit, down from the previous guidance of 2.4g will have serious repercussions for for retailers, branded food businesses and uk private label food businesses.

Experience from existing salt reduction projects indicate that there is no one great substitute that will work across the board. The lack of a one size fits all solution will make life especially difficult for makers of ready meals and sandwiches.

The likelihood is that they will have to reduce salt from a number of ingredients. If you have to take a bit from a number of different ingredients that makes for a vast increase in workloads.

More raw material specifications to manage, multiple changes to finished product specifications and increased work auditing suppliers.

And for what benefit.

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