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Consea will monitor agreements to reduce sodium and fat in foods

At the invitation of Minister of Health, Alexandre Padilha, will contribute to monitoring council made in the National Health Council

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The National Council for Food Security (Consea) to monitor the implementation of agreements on promotion of healthy eating between the ministry and the food industry. Currently, programs are underway to reduce trans fat and sodium in alimentos.O Consea was invited by the Minister of Health, Alexandre Padilha, requested, on Tuesday (31).

We want you to join our effort Consea in society by promoting health, encouraging healthy eating, Padilla emphasized. It is expected the board to integrate the monitoring done by the Intersectoral Commission on Food and Nutrition National Health Council, working even for the analysis of the National Nutrition and Food.

At the meeting with the president of Consea, Renato Maluf, was agreed, yet the inclusion of food safety as a criterion in evaluating the school health program. The idea is that the issue is between the quality indicators in implementing the program, which will be taken into account to increase the transfers to municipalities from the ministry.

As defined by the last meeting of the Tripartite Commission (ITC), which brings together health managers federal, state and local municipalities that commit themselves to specific performance on the program will receive an extra share of resources 70% at time of accession and 30% to demonstrate compliance with 70% of the agreed targets. Created in 2007, the program aims to reduce, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, health problems that impair the performance of students in public schools.


Term of appointment signed on Health Promotion World (April 7) at the Industrial Association of Food Industry (ABIA) has established a plan of gradual reduction in the amount of sodium present in 16 food categories, starting from instant pasta, breads industrialized and bisnaguinhas way.

The goal is to reduce the excessive consumption of salt, which is associated with a number of chronic diseases such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, kidney problems and cancer. It sets the maximum level of sodium per 100 grams in foods. Some goals must be met by the productive sector by 2012 and further developed by 2014.

In the case of instant pasta, the amount is limited to 1920.7 milligrams (or 1.9 gram) by 2012. This represents an annual decrease of 30%. In sliced ​​bread, the agreement provides for reducing the maximum sodium milligrams to 645 by 2012 and to 522 milligrams, by 2014, while that in bisnaginhas, the limit of 531 and 430 milligrams, the same dates. These goals represent a reduction of 10% per annum.

Until July, the committee created to monitor the agreement shall submit the schedule of fitness for French bread, cakes ready mixes for cakes, corn chips and crisps. By the end of 2011, it will be the biscuits (cream crackers, stuffed and cornstarch), meat (sausage, ham, hamburgers, breaded products, sausages, salami and mortadella), broth and spices, vegetable margarine, mayonnaise, cereal products, dairy products (milk beverages, cheese and curd) and meals (pizza, lasagna, soups and salted pope child).

Trans fat

The first agreement that line promoted by the Ministry of Health with the food industry was signed in 2007 with the objective of reducing the percentage of trans fat in processed foods. In three years, the food industry estimated to have removed about 690 000 tonnes of trans fat from food to the table of the Brazilians.

From this agreement, nearly 95% of companies belonging to the Brazilian Association of Food Industries (ABIA) came to respect the level recommended by the Pan American Health Organization (POs) or 5% of the presence of trans fat of total fats in processed foods and 2% of total fat in margarines and oils.


   Palavras-chave:   Sodium    Trans Fat    Food Industry    Ministry of Health    Consea   
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