High salt intakes contribute to high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. The FSA in Northern Ireland has a programme of work to help consumers reduce their salt intake.
The programme of work to achieve that goal has three main strands:
labelling to provide additional information to consumers on the levels of salt in food
working with the food industry to reduce levels of salt in foods, around 75% of the salt we eat is already in the every day foods that we buy
raising consumers' awareness of why a high salt intake is bad for their health and what they can do to reduce their intake