Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH) , UK has published a new report on salt levels found in breads . It has been found that majority of bread s have higher salt content from standards set up by UK's FSA 1.1g salt per 100g ( limit of salt by year 2012)
New UK research has found supermarkets’ unlabelled in-store bakery bread is generally higher in salt than the supermarkets’ packaged bread, with differences of more than half a gram between similar products.
Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH) surveyed the salt content of 294 fresh and packaged loaves from supermarkets and their in-store bakeries as well as chain and independent high street bakeries in the UK.
The report also claims that high street chain bakeries generally sell the saltiest bread and fresh loaves do not have crucial nutritional labelling. The investigation found that an unpackaged bread from leading retailer Sainsbury’s contained over half a gram (0.55g) more salt per 100g than the packaged equivalent (Medium Wholemeal).
CASH notes positive action by industry on reducing salt levels in bread, reporting a cut in salt levels cut by a third in the last 10 years, and some breads being reduced by more than 40 per cent.
“Tesco Value Medium Sliced Wholemeal Bread for example has been reduced by 43 per cent in the last 10 years from 1.75g/100g to 1.0g/100g while Sainsbury's Medium Wholemeal loaf has been reduced by 41 per cent from 1.25g/100g in 2001 to 0.74g/100g in 2011, showing that bigger reductions are easily possible,” finds the report.
UK bread manufacturer representatives, the Federation of Bakers, today said it welcomes the CASH review recognition of industry efforts to meet the salt targets set by the UK’s Foods Standards Agency.