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New law to reduce salt in processed foods comes into effect

South Africans will be consuming less salt in their processed foods from today, as a new law comes into effect lobbied for by Health Minister Motsoaledi.

The law imposes salt level restrictions on commonly consumed foods, including bread, breakfast cereal, margarines, savoury snacks, potato crisps, processed meats, sausages, stocks, soup powders and instant noodles.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation explain that the public unknowingly consume, on average, double the recommended daily salt limit of 5 grams a day.

Excess salt intake can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes and kidney disease.

Manufacturers will have to abide by the laws and reformulate their products according to the amended foodstuffs regulations.

Images courtesy of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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