The UK is widely acknowledged to be leading the world in salt reduction and companies are working to specific voluntary guidelines set by Government. Compared to 4 years ago, FDF member products now provide 14% less salt into the average shopping basket.

Public Health England has published challenging new voluntary salt targets, be achieved by 2024 for retail and out of home sectors. While manufacturers are continuing to work on salt reductions, they are now finding reductions harder to achieve without compromising product safety or jeopardising taste, texture or shelf-life.

Much of the progress has been undertaken in key sectors such as bread, biscuits & cakes, breakfast cereals, soups & sauces, crisps & savoury snacks. (See revised PHE progress report).

Average salt intakes are decreasing, but still exceed the recommended intake of 6 g/day. Adult intakes are approximately 8.4g/day (2020), representing around a 10% decrease over the past decade.

Urinary sodium survey results for England

National Diet and Nutrition Survey: Assessment of salt intake from urinary sodium in adults (aged 19 to 64 years) in England, 2018 to 2019. 

Urinary sodium survey results for England

Potassium-based sodium replacers

Assessment of the health benefits and risks of using potassium-based sodium replacers in foods in the UK.

Potassium-based sodium replacers

Salt targets

Targets for levels of salt in food products and drinks, part of Pubil Health England's reduction and reformulation programme.

Salt reduction: targets for 2024

Salt reduction: targets for 2017

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