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Consuming less than 5 g/ salt (< 2 g of sodium) per adult per day, from all sources, is the WHO recommended intake and the target that countries are to aim for with their dietary salt/sodium reduction initiatives. But no country is on track to achieve a 30% reduction in salt intake by 2025 and no country has reached the WHO’s recommended intake.
The campaign "Salt Awareness Week" is observed from March 4-10 aims to encourage the implementation of evidence-based interventions to reduce salt consumption in the population. It is unacceptable that populations worldwide are burdened with unnecessary deaths. It is unacceptable that the next generation face a future of preventable health conditions. It is unacceptable that a simple solution has not been actioned by policy makers. Its time for ACTION.
- Governments must prioritise the health of their nations and commit to stronger action on salt
- The food industry must commit to further salt reduction work, with guidance from policy makers
- Health charities and non-governmental organisations must take ACTION – keep talking about amount of salt in our food and the need for healthier environments to enable healthier choices
- Individuals must take ACTION - write to companies to ask for less salt in food, write to government representatives to demand a strong salt reduction strategy, share personal salt reduction strategies on social media, encourage friends and family members to add less salt to food and to choose the lower salt option
(Source: World Action on Salt and Health)