In response to the latest survey on the Department of Health's salt reduction targets by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), Andrew Opie, Director of Food & Sustainability Policy at the BRC said: 

“Retailers across the country know how important health is to their customers and have led the way in removing salt, fat and sugar from food, promoting healthier choices and providing clear labelling. Data submitted by a number of our members shows the 2017 targets have already been met for a number of categories, ten months ahead of the deadline and we are confident that the target for more categories will be met before the end of the year.

“But we know there is more to be done, particularly in combating child obesity. We will continue to drive progress but recognise that everyone to play a part. As an industry we are continuing to work with the Government, supply chain partners and NGOs to help consumers make healthier choices by reformulating products, providing clear nutrition labelling and offering appropriate portion sizes.”

Notes to editors

  • Variations in the progress made by retailers are due to starting their salt reduction initiatives at different times, a different product offer in the different categories and different sales volumes which has resulted in the prioritisation of different categories and products.
  • Some of the subcategories and specific products within them, remain especially difficult to reformulate due to the lack of suitable alternatives, consumer acceptability, safety concerns and retailers’ limited ability to influence some international practices.