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Food salt content discussed

2012-03-15 20:17

Johannesburg - The government is consulting within the food industry on the reduction of salt content in food, the health department said on Thursday.

"This is important, to achieve the goals we want to achieve," spokesperson Fidel Hadebe said.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has said the government wanted salt content in foods lowered as part of efforts to reduce non communicable diseases such as high blood pressure.

As soon as regulations on salt content were finalised, the laws on food labelling would also be amended, he explained.

On March 1, new regulations relating to the labelling and advertising of foodstuffs came into effect. These set out the ways in which food sellers must label their products, and regulates how claims about ingredients or the food's health benefits can be made.

The regulations do not appear to specifically set out guidelines on the labelling of salt content, or when a food product can be labelled "salt free".

Comments
  • garydwright0 - 2012-03-15 21:26

    About time

      Food Forensics - 2012-03-16 08:50

      Gary they will DO nothing. Their Legislation's are farcical and are never controlled,monitored and enforced. Try dealing with the DOH Directorate of Food Control or complaining about Food and Beverage Issues. You will be horrified and mortified by the responses you will receive.

  • Teboho Mphaloane - 2012-03-15 21:29

    Are we talking about the bacon?

  • Art - 2012-03-15 22:32

    Whatabout "SLAP CHIPS"???????? With Salt n Vinegar?

  • mohag - 2012-03-15 23:41

    Hmm... It might make sense to wait to check all the relevant data. Some recent studies have had some interesting results... Some examples: http://www.huliq.com/10178/study-says-salt-intake-and-high-blood-pressure-not-related http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/237480.php

      Food Forensics - 2012-03-16 08:37

      @Mohag.... you are very uninformed regarding salt and sodium reductions internationally...You say recent studies, studies by who?? Try researching what the FDA, JECFA, EFSA, FSA, SA Heart and the WHO (World Health Organisation), and many other expert committee's and scientists are saying and have said for a long long time. Why are/have most 1st world countries already adopted policies and Legislation's to safe guard their populations...but alas this is South Africa once again lagging years behind the modern world. Same as what occurred with Trans Fats and Saturated Fats and so many other issues... need I say more!! The DOH in South Africa is one of the most dysfunctional Departments in Government to say the least.

      david.joffe - 2012-03-16 10:26

      If the 'developed world' is adopting fascism, it doesn't mean it is progress if we adopt fascism also. We don't need the police telling us what we may and may not eat.

      Food Forensics - 2012-03-16 11:05

      @ David, You are dumber than dumb and obviously a indoctrinated eejit. What the hell has foods and beverages got to do with Fascism??? This is your health and families health at stake for goodness sakes! Now one said don't eat what you want. Just stop taking time off work or from whatever you do to run to doctors when you are ill and then "squeal like a stúffed pig" when you don't heal cause you never cared about what you consuming.

      Food Forensics - 2012-03-16 11:09

      @ David...I did have a huge laugh at you referring to the DOH as the police though ...lmao woot!!

  • Food Forensics - 2012-03-16 08:46

    haha!! @ the DOH discussing with Industry once again. Since when does the Industry need to be involved in Health issues?? but then again this is the RSA, They do as they wish, how they wish and when they wish. Simply because the DOH and the Government as a whole have NO clue or resources to monitor, control or enforce any of their own Legislation's. No wonder the RSA is a very ill, dying and dysfunctional country. The DOH dont give a damn about citizens health until it way to late, as per normal but then again this is the RSA. Where financial Greed for the chosen few is paramount and nothing and no one else matters. This is a FACT not sensationalism.

  • Food Forensics - 2012-03-16 11:43

    Here is A Link that some of those interested in their own health and that of their families who may want to peruse this and become a little more informed as to what has been occurring in the RSA regarding salt and sodium reduction and WHY it has to happen,not that it should not have occurred already: http://www.developtechnology.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25241:legislation-to-reduce-salt-in-sa-on-the-way&catid=1021:news-update-1-august-2011 These negotiations started again in 2010 and we are now a 1/4 of the way through 2012. And once again they still having a chat about it...LOL!! So so typical of the DOH which is Controlled by the F&B Industry in the RSA..LOL!

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