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UK Sticks to 2012 Date for Salt Reduction Guidelines

May 18, 2009: 08:42 PM EST
The Food Standards Authority in the UK is sticking to its aim of reducing the daily adult salt intake to 6 grams (two-tenths of an ounce) a day by 2012. In its latest guidelines, the agency says that the level children should vary between 2 grams and 6 grams, depending on age. The existing average daily adult intake is put at 9 grams (three-tenths of an ounce), a 10 percent drop over the past eight years which has saved more than $2 billion in health costs. About 20,000 premature deaths a year would be avoided with a 6 gram average, says the FSA.
"Agency publishes 2012 salt reduction targets", Food Standards Agency (UK), May 18, 2009, © Crown
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