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Sodium Survey of the usage and functionality of salt as an ingredient in UK manufactured food products

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Abstract:

The Food and Drink Federation carried out a survey in 1999 to clarify the usage and functionality of salt as an ingredient in UK manufactured branded food products. The results demonstrate the availability of a choice of labelled products, with a wide range of sodium content within product categories. Salt serves a variety of purposes in manufactured foods particularly as a preservative and flavouring. Many UK manufacturers have implemented recipe alterations to reduce the sodium content of their products or are keeping this possibility under review. In many product categories, there are constraints to reducing the sodium content of products, including detrimental effects on product safety, quality and consumer acceptance. The industry is responsive to consumer demand and is committed to providing nutrition labelling information about sodium content, when practicable, on the pack.

Keywords: Consumer behaviour; Food additives; Food industry; Labelling; Nutrition; United Kingdom

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/00070700210423626

Publication date: 2002-03-01

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