Nestlé to speed salt reductions in foods around the globe

Thursday, November 7th, 2013. Filed under: Food & Dining Health & Fitness Home & Garden
The logo of Nestle at the company's Headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland ©AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

The logo of Nestle at the company’s Headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland
©AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

(Relaxnews) – Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink company, announced this week its plans to accelerate the reduction of salt across its brands around the world in an effort to support a World Health Organization salt intake target.

The United Nations agency now recommends that people consume no more than five grams of salt per day by 2025 — that is less than a teaspoon of salt, which could be a tall order for people who eat a lot of processed and packaged foods.

Nestlé announced that consumers can expect to see salt reductions by 10 percent in hundreds of products, including soups, noodles, frozen meals and pizzas, over the next three years.

The Swiss-based company began reducing salt in some of its products in 2005, and it announced that it is already using 15 percent less salt in Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese in the US, 25 percent less salt in Maggi noodles in Brazil, and 20 percent less salt in Buitoni frozen pizzas in France.

“We have made great strides in reducing the salt content of our food products in recent years and we want to build on that progress,” Henri-Pierre Lenoble, manager of nutrition, health and wellness at Nestlé Food, said in a statement. “Our goal is to offer consumers products that enable them to make practical, healthy nutritional choices.”

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