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Ministry of Health firm over a deal to reduce salt in foods

It is expected that new foods are added to the three agreements signed prior to the Abia

 
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Maximum daily recommended intake of salt by WHO is less than five grams per person
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Maximum daily recommended intake of salt by WHO is less than five grams per person

The Health Minister, Alexandre Padilha, signs, on Wednesday (5), the Brazilian Association of Food Industries (ABIA) the fourth pact to reduce sodium in processed foods. This is a way for the government to reduce the high level of salt consumption in the country, one of the risk factors for chronic diseases such as hypertension and heart disease. It is expected that new foods are added to the three agreements signed previously.

In 2011, the Ministry of Health signed the first agreement with the Abia to reduce the sodium content in 16 categories of processed foods such as instant noodles, breads and loaves in the next four years. In 2012, the term of commitment included a reduction in sodium seasonings, soups, cereals and vegetable margarine.

According to the folder, the daily maximum recommended intake of salt by the World Health Organization (WHO) is less than five grams per person. Data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) show that the Brazilian consumption is 12 grams daily. Survey of more than 54,000 Brazilians in 2011 showed that hypertension reached 22.7% of the adult population.

The minister will also present new data today research Vigitel 2012 - Surveillance of Risk and Protective Factors for Chronic Diseases Telephone Survey - on hypertension in the country.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
   Palavras-chave:   Salt    Salt content    The Brazilian Association of Food Industries    Abia    Sodium    Hypertension    Heart disease    Health   
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