Cover Image

PAPERBACK
$48.00



View/Hide Left Panel

TABLE 8-2 Overview of Initiatives in Other Countries

Country

Public Education

Requests to Industry for Sodium Reformulation

Food Labeling

Comments About Program

Canada

Yes

Yes

Voluntary

  • Early voluntary reductions by food industry combined with public education and labeling had no impact on sodium intake from processed foods

  • Too early to assess

Finland

Yes

Yes

Mandatory

  • Government regulation and implementation of food labeling with high-sodium-content warning

  • Strong media campaigns to increase public awareness

  • Much sodium intake under control of consumer (salt at table)

  • Replacement of usual salt with potassium-enriched Pansalt

  • Sodium intake decreased from 5,600 mg in 1972 to 3,200 mg in 2002

  • Blood pressure and stroke mortality rates declined

France

Yes

Yes

Voluntary

  • Efforts initiated in 2004

  • Optional sodium labeling being developed

  • Limited public education in which sodium reduction is the main message; done through the National Nutrition and Health Program

  • Not much change to date except in the bakery sector, where 33% of bakers claim to have reduced sodium

Ireland

Yes

Yes

Voluntary pending

  • Collaborative program between government and industry to heighten industry’s awareness about salt and health

  • Government seeks salt reduction commitments from industry sectors; more than 70 have registered

  • Working on voluntary universal labeling of salt in packaged foods

  • No intake data available post-implementation



The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement