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'Hidden salt' in processed food outstrips healthy benchmarks

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Publish Date
Tue, 14 May 2024, 8:31AM
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'Hidden salt' in processed food outstrips healthy benchmarks

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 14 May 2024, 8:31AM

There are calls for the government to better regulate salt content in our processed foods. 

Research from Otago and Auckland universities reveals about two thirds of packaged foods on supermarket shelves exceed the World Health Organisation benchmark. 

Stroke Foundation General Manager Jess Winchester says one fifth of New Zealanders already have high blood pressure. 

She told Mike Hosking that the government needs to begin holding food manufacturers to the WHO sodium benchmarks. 

Winchester says people shouldn't be risking their lives every time they bite into their favourite pie. 

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