Trading Standards

Slice of bread contains as much salt as a bag of crisps

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Surrey County Council Trading Standards is spearheading a drive to tackle the hidden health dangers of excess salt levels in bread.

The consumer champion is working with bakers to help them reduce salt in their products in order to improve customers’ health.

A survey by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) revealed that more than one in four loaves of bread nationally contain as much salt per slice as a bag of crisps*.

According to the Department for Health too much salt can raise blood pressure, which increases the risk of health problems such as hearth disease and stroke.

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Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “It’s shocking to think a slice of bread can contain as much salt as a packet of crisps. There can be serious health consequences to eating too much salt which is why we’re working with bakers to help them reduce levels in the bread they make. We’ve been awarding certificates to bakers whose bread meets Food Standards Agency salt targets.”

Further information:

So far the following Surrey bakers have been found to meet the Food Standards Agency’s target of less than 1g of salt per 100g.

· Bachmann’s Patisserie, Criterion Buildings, Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton
· Nathan’s Bakery, The Parade, Claygate
· Jarman’s Bakery, Frimley Green Road, Frimley Green
· Crumbs, The Old Brick Yard, Coles Lane, Capel, Dorking
· Gillespie Bakery, West Street, Epsom
· Chalks Hill Bakery, Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill
· Sutton Bros, Windlesham Road, Chobham

Each baker has been awarded a certificate acknowledging their reduced salt levels which they can display. The project is ongoing and more bakers will be taking part in the coming months.

ENDS

For further information, journalists can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk

Notes to editors

* Figures from Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) survey published September 2, 2012. For more information visit www.actiononsalt.org.uk.

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