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