Food: Salt

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will meet representatives of United Kingdom restaurant owners and managers to discuss providing information to customers on salt content in dishes.

Photo of Baroness Thornton Baroness Thornton Government Whip, Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) holds regular meetings with more than 40 major United Kingdom caterers and with trade bodies representing the catering industry, to promote healthier catering and provision of information to consumers. Discussions on activities relating to salt, including the provision of information to consumers about the salt content in dishes, are key components of these meetings.

This work supports the Westminster Government's Healthy Weight Healthy Lives strategy, and forms part of the Healthy Food Code of Good Practice, which challenges industry to provide clear, effective and simple to understand nutrition information to consumers when eating out. The first step of this work has been the development of a scheme for the provision of calorie information. Consideration of wider consumer nutrition information needs will then follow.

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