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Reduce salt use

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

THE Ministry of Health is working on ways to control the use of four products that contribute to the increase non-communicable diseases in the country.

National NCD director Dr Isimeli Tukana said they were concerned that alcohol, tobacco and food high in sugar, salt and fat remained the main contributors to NCDs in the country.

"For tobacco, we have the Tobacco Decree. For sugar, salt and fat, we are working on a National Salt Strategy, reducing salt intake by promoting the reduction of salt use in restaurants and at home," he said.

He said discussions had been held with companies producing rice and sugar and a fishing company.

"We are also working with the food industry through negotiations on how we can reduce their salt use. These are some of the changes and initiatives in place at the moment. But as I've said at the end of the day, it's that balancing act, how we are going to continue to address the livelihood of people but at the same time promote health."


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