South Africa's salt reduction strategy : are we on track, and what lies ahead?
CITATION: Webster, J., et al. 2017. South Africa's salt reduction strategy : are we on track, and what lies ahead?. South African Medical Journal, 107(1):20-21, doi:10.7196/SAMJ.2017.v107i1.12120.
The original publication is available at http://www.samj.org.za
On 2 September 2016, 25 local and international participants from various sectors met in Cape Town to take stock of South Africa (SA)’s progress in salt reduction and develop a roadmap for action. SA is centre stage on salt reduction globally, being the first country to mandate salt reduction across a wide range of processed foods. Excessive salt intake contributed by processed foods and discretionary sources motivated SA to implement a public awareness campaign in parallel with legislation to reduce salt intake to the World Health Organization target of 5 g per day. Five priority areas were identified for continued action on salt reduction, including obtaining research funds for continued monitoring and compliance of salt reduction targets. Determining the contribution of foods eaten out of home to total salt intake and implementing strategies to address this sector were also highlighted as key actions. Lastly, implementing the next stage of the Salt Watch awareness campaign to change.