Category: News

10 Apr 2019

Fact sheet and call to action on dietary sodium in Canada

Hypertension Canada released a ‘Fact sheet and call to action on dietary sodium’ in January, which received widespread support from Canadian health and scientific organizations. The fact sheet highlights the risk of high sodium intakes, the importance of population sodium reduction, and opportunities for sodium reduction in Canada. The call to action comprises 10 priority […]

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10 Apr 2019

Costa Ricans consuming almost twice the recommended amount of salt

Costa Ricans consume almost double the WHO salt recommendations. The Costa Rican Institute for Research and Education in Nutrition and Health (Incenses) have co-ordinated two international events to raise awareness of the issue. In February, a workshop “Application of social marketing in the creation of capacities and the reduction of salt intake in Latin America: […]

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10 Apr 2019

Sodium and Potassium Dietary Reference Intake Values Updates- US

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently reviewed evidence and updated dietary reference intake values for sodium and potassium. Adequate intake (AI) amounts have remained unchanged for 14-50 year olds, and increased slightly for adults over 51 years old. For most children’s age groups the AI has been reduced slightly. The tolerable upper […]

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10 Apr 2019

Mid-term evaluation of Malaysia’s National Salt Reduction Strategy

In November last year, with support from WHO, Kathy and Jacqui from the George Institute supported a Ministry of Health workshop in Malaysia to understand the progress of the national salt reduction strategy to date, with a view to providing recommendations for strengthening implementation and monitoring of the strategy in the next two years. The […]

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10 Apr 2019

It’s time for ACTION on salt – World Salt Awareness Week (WSAW), 4-10th March

The theme set by World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) for 2019 WSAW was ACTION. This theme emphasised the need to act given the unacceptably high burden of unnecessary ill health and death due to high salt intakes. WASH and supporters called for action from governments, food industry, health charities and non-governmental organisations, and […]

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14 Jan 2019
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European Salt Action Network restates support for WHO goal of reducing salt intake to 5 g per day or less

The WHO European Salt Action Network (ESAN) released a statement in support of population approaches for salt reduction to prevent cardiovascular diseases. The statement was issued in light of recent publications that have created controversy by questioning the guideline set by the WHO towards a salt intake of 5g per day or less. The statement by […]

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26 Dec 2018
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Presentations at the International Society of Hypertension in Beijing

Two PhD candidates from the WHO CC team recently presented their research at the 27th Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension in Beijing, China. Kathy Trieu presented findings on mean 24-hr urinary salt excretion in two regions of Kazakhstan. These populations had extremely high salt intakes, possibly the highest in the world. The […]

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06 Dec 2018

Australian consultation on targets: The George Institute response

The Australian Government has recently developed 36 draft voluntary food reformulation targets for sodium, sugar and saturated fat, and released them for public consultation. The George Institute for Global Health strongly supports nutrient reformulation as a public health measure to improve diets and population health and welcomed the opportunity to comment on the proposed targets. […]

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23 May 2018
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Using dietary intake modelling to achieve population salt reduction- World Health Organisation Europe

The WHO Europe office have released a policy brief as a guiding document for countries to identify specific sources of salt in the diet, assessing the contribution to overall salt intake by a Salt Reduction Model. This process will allow countries to come up with targeted salt reduction interventions. The 5 steps to creating a […]

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23 May 2018

Excessive levels of salt in bread- findings from a global survey

A new survey through the World Action on Salt and Health (WASH), Queen Mary University London, found excessive levels of salt in bread. Bread from 32 countries and regions were included in the survey, with over 2,000 bread products assessed including; white, wholemeal, mixed grain and flat breads. The saltiest bread was a Rosemary Foccacia […]

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