WCRF calls for improved salt content info on food packaging

23rd July 2012 - Fine Cut

Improved traffic-light labels on food products could help reduce cases of stomach cancer, it has been claimed.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) believes that many Brits are consuming dangerous levels of salt because it is unclear how much salt is in certain products.

In an interview with The Press Association, WCRF head of information Kate Mendoza claimed that better food labels could help reverse this trend.

She said: "Because around three-quarters of the salt we consume is already in processed food when we buy it, WCRF would like to see traffic light labelling on the front of food and drink packaging to give clear guidance on the levels of salt as well as sugar, fat and saturated fat.

"Standardised labelling among retailers and manufacturers, rather than the different voluntary systems currently in place, would help consumers make better informed and healthy choices."

WCRF have estimated that the average Brit consumes 8.6 grams of salt every day. That's 43 per cent higher than recommend maximum amount of six grams.

According to presstv.com, the WCRF believes that one in seven stomach cancers could be avoided if Brits didn't consume too much salt. Excess salt has also been linked to high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease. 

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