Remember the law passed three years ago under the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act for the reduction of salt in almost everything, but specifically including bread, butter, margarine, snacks, breakfast cereals, processed meats such as sausages, stock cubes, savoury powders and soups? Time’s up, people! Well, almost. The deadline for the regulations to come into effect is in June, and failure to comply could result in punishment for erring manufacturers. However, says the government, because the introduction of the resolution was so amicable, this should not be an issue. The World Health Organization recommends a daily salt intake of no more that 5g; it is estimated the some South Africans consume as much as 40g, with conditions like hypertension and strokes prevalent in our population.
Comment: A schlep, no doubt, but an excellent cause, one of those legislative beacons we raise as a nation every now and then.