Archive for March 8th, 2011

West Sussex bakers are salt savvy

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

West Sussex bakers are salt savvy

INDEPENDENT bakers in West Sussex have been working with the County Council’s Trading Standards Service to reduce the amount of salt that goes into the bread they bake.

They have been taking part in a drive to cut the amount of salt to one gram per 100 grams of bread by 2012, which is a voluntary target set by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The drive is being used by the Trading Standards Service to highlight
National Salt Awareness Week (March 21-27).

Overuse of salt has been identified as contributing to high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, stomach cancer and osteoporosis.

On average, UK men eat about 10grams of salt a day and women about eight grams a day. However, food scientists recommend no more than six grams of salt a day in their diet.

Graeme MacPherson, Head of Trading Standards, said: “You can avoid using salt in your own cooking. But much of the salt we consume is hidden in processed foods including bread.

“That’s why we have been working in partnership with independent bakers in the county. We estimate our local bakers in West Sussex make two million loaves a year

“They serve more than 500 local businesses, including shops, sandwich bars, cafes, restaurants, hotels, pubs, staff canteens, schools, colleges, universities, nunneries and care homes.

“So far in West Sussex we have calculated that bakers have reduced their yearly salt use by 2.5 tonnes (2500 kilograms) and the amount of bread that meets the FSA 2012 target is now approximately one million loaves.”

Pete Bradbury, County Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: “This is an important drive because bread is one of the biggest single contributors of salt in our diets. On average bread accounts for 20% of our daily salt intake.

“For the local bakers to reduce the level of salt means customers and the families who buy their bread – either through their own bakery or through the businesses they supply to – will be eating less salt, having a healthier diet and reducing the risk of health related problems in the
future.”

West Sussex schools are chipper on Chartwells’ Chip Day

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

West Sussex schools are chipper on Chartwells’ Chip Day

The chips will not be down on Friday March 11, as West Sussex schoolchildren put their culinary imaginations to the test for Chartwells’ Chip Day.

To celebrate the day, being held by the County Council’s primary school meals preferred provider, students have been asked to sketch their ideal plate of fish and chips on paper plates.

The winner will be announced on Monday May 9 and will be awarded an iPod Shuffle.

Peter Griffiths, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, said: “This competition is a great way to get the children thinking about food in different ways, as well as bringing out their creative skills.”

For more information about the school meals service in West Sussex schools visit http://wsgfl.westsussex.gov.uk and search ‘school meals’.

Transport Secretary to hear case for A27 improvements

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Transport Secretary to hear case for A27 improvements

Deputy Leader of West Sussex County Council, Lionel Barnard, will be pressing the case for improvements to the A27 when he meets Transport Secretary Philip Hammond this week.

Lionel, who has responsibility for Highways and Transport, will be part of a delegation consisting of MPs, local councils and business representatives.

The meeting will take place at the Secretary of State’s offices in London on Thursday March 10 and follows a visit last month by Transport Minister, Mike Penning.

Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Mike Penning, came to West Sussex in response to a letter from Lionel which pointed out the negative effect transport problems on the A27 were having on the county’s economy.

Mr Penning was driven along the road so he could see for himself the problem areas at Worthing, Arundel and Chichester.

Lionel said: “The meeting this week with Philip Hammond will focus on the case for improvements to the road in the known problem areas and will centre around the impact the current situation is having on local business.

“I am determined to keep up the pressure on Government so we can work together on the best way forward. The current congestion problems have a huge effect on commuters, business and residents and we simply must find a solution.”