Check salt levels in food, urges FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is asking consumers to reduce their salt intake by checking food labels in a campaign that begins this week.

It is urging the public not to eat more than six grams of salt a day and has distributed a media pack including a CD-Rom, posters and information leaflets.

The pack is designed in the style of a board game, entitled 'message and mash'.

Eating too much salt is a significant risk factor in developing high blood pressure, which causes or contributes to more than 170,000 deaths a year in England.

According to the FSA, 45 per cent of adults said they were trying to cut down on their salt intake – an increase of 12 per cent over the past 12 months.

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