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George Institute for Global Health calls to halt salt

The George Institute for Global Health has called for a plan to reduce energy, salt and saturated fat in all fast food at a Fast Food Forum, held by the NSW Government.

The Forum brought together industry, government and public health specialists to devise a plan to tackle problems caused by poor diets. It follows a recent announcement from the Keneally government of plans to introduce labelling on energy, salt and saturated fat levels on menus in fast food restaurants.

“By making every serving a little less unhealthy you get a lot more benefit than by persuading a few motivated people to buy a healthy option” Dr Neal, senior director at The George Institute and professor of medicine at the University of Sydney, said.

According to the George Institute for Global Health, a report recently showed that national programs to remove small amounts of salt from all foods have as much potential to prevent disease as tobacco control initiatives. Likewise, that moderate reductions in saturated fat consumption could prevent hundreds of heart attacks in Australia each year.

“The Federal Government’s Food and Health Dialogue is a step in the right direction, although progress to date has been glacial. The Dialogue has set targets for just two product categories so far. At this rate it is going to take twenty years just to get agreement on salt,” Neal said.

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