Sodium reduction a priority in the UK after HFSS delay, LoSalt suggests

Eating too much salt can cause raised blood pressure, which in turn is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and stroke, according to campaign group Action on Salt. A reduction of salt, even by just 1g each day, could prevent 4,147 premature deaths and save the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) £288 million each year, the UK’s Department of Health suggests.

Salt consumption is still an issue. Salt consumption levels recommended for an adult by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) are 6g per day, but according to the NHS, the average consumption level is around 8.4g. Furthermore, a survey by UK-based sodium-free salt manufacturer LoSalt suggests that most people add salt to a meal before tasting it first.

People in the UK consume salt from a wide variety of places, from salami, deli meats and sausages to crisps and nuts to gravy and ketchup to pizza, smoked salmon, and bread. Pizza, for example, often has copious amounts of salt; Action on Salt research last year​ found that some takeaway pizza contains more than three times the recommended amount of salt for an adult.

The UK government has now delayed landmark HFSS regulation on volume and price (for example, on promotions such as ‘buy one get one free’) until October 2025​. According to Caroline Klinge, Technical Sales and Marketing Director at LoSalt and its parent company Klinge Chemicals Ltd, the government needs to do more to reduce salt consumption among UK citizens.  

HFSS legislation and salt consumption

For all the guidance given by institutions such as the NHS, salt consumption does not seem to be decreasing, LoSalt suggested. “Current NHS and government guidance is having no impact on consumer salt intake, with figures showing discretionary salt use has not changed in over a decade,” Klinge told FoodNavigator.