Category: News

30 Oct 2019

EFSA establishes sodium and chloride dietary reference values

In September, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) published dietary reference values for sodium and chloride. Dietary reference values for the European general adult population were established at 2.0 g sodium (5.0g salt) and 3.1g chloride per day. Values for children and pregnant and lactating women were also established. More information can be found here.

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30 Oct 2019

Salt levels in meat alternatives – Australia

On the 10th of September, the Victorian Salt Reduction Partnership released a report written by The George Institute for Global Health on the salt content of meat alternatives in Australia. The research revealed some meat free products contain up to half a day’s worth of salt in one serve. Meat-free bacon, felafels and meat-free sausages […]

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29 Oct 2019

Scaling-up food policy interventions to reduce NCDs in the Pacific Islands

In August this year National Health and Medical Research Council grants were officially awarded through the Global Alliance of Chronic Disease (GACD) funding round, focused on scaling up interventions to reduce the burden of diabetes and hypertension. The George Institute was awarded funding in partnership with Fiji National University, Deakin University and the University of […]

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29 Oct 2019

Warning labels on salt packages and dispenses – policy statement from the World Hypertension League

The World Hypertension League (WHL) have highlighted the need for a hard-hitting approach to dietary salt reduction given the ongoing burden of disease attributable to a high salt intake. WHL established a coalition of global experts who have called for salt packages and dispensers to carry warning labels highlighting the danger of consuming too much […]

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26 Aug 2019

Food Governance Conference 2019

On the 3rd-5th of July, Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre and The George Institute for Global Health hosted the second Food Governance Conference. The conference had a focus on the role of human rights, law, regulation and policy, in addressing food system issues and challenges. Keynote presentations were given by […]

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05 Jun 2019

“Food and Water is Life!” – Food Forum in Walgett

Following media coverage last year highlighting the high sodium levels in the bore water used by the community, and previous discussions with community members, a Food Forum was held in Walgett, NSW, Australia. It was hosted by Yuwaya Ngarra-li, a community-led partnership between the Dharriwaa Elders Group (DEG) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The […]

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05 Jun 2019

Sodium Reduction: Assessment to Action

The Health Resources in Action team have recently released an online sodium reduction assessment and action tool kit for food services. The aim of the toolkit is to assist the food service sector to conduct their assessment and then turn their results into an action plan. Areas covered include: food service guidelines and standards, food […]

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05 Jun 2019

Advocacy organisations file a complaint in federal court to Stop USDA’s Weakening of Nutrition Standards for School Meals

In December 2018 in the US, the Trump Administration rolled back nutrition standards for school meals, including sodium and whole grain standards. For sodium, the new rule delayed the date schools had to comply with the first and second sodium reduction target and eliminated the third target. In April 2019, Healthy School Food Maryland and […]

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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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