25 Apr 2010

Enforcement of mandatory sodium levels wanted

8:00 am on 25 April 2010

The Stroke Foundation wants mandatory sodium levels to be enforced for processed foods.

A report by the United States Institute of Medicine says current levels of sodium, or salt, are far too high and a legal limit should be set.

The Stroke Foundation says such a limit in New Zealand would save lives, as strokes can be related to salt intake.

Chief executive Mark Vivian says people need to reduce their salt intake by 50%, on average, to meet World Health Organisation recommendations.

He says people are eating about 11 grammes of sodium per day and the Government has a responsibility to create and manage some standards.