F9. Salt Reduction 2017
30 May, 2014
Submitted: 18 September, 2014
As the world’s largest food company, Nestle is committed to promoting Nutrition, Health and Wellness through the products we make and by providing consumers with information to help them make choices.
Nestle was the first company in the food industry to introduce comprehensive global policies for the systematic reduction of specific nutrients considered to be detrimental to health when consumed in excess.
Since the first Nestle Salt Policy (2005), salt levels of many products, inc. culinary products + breakfast cereals, have reduced. We have updated our Policy to accelerate salt reductions globally and help consumers achieve the recommended intake of no more than 5g salt pppd by 2025, in line with the World Health Organization. We have set an interim target of 6g pppd by end 2016.
We will further reduce sodium by an average of at least 10% over 4 years (2013-2016) in products that do not meet the Nestle Nutritional Foundation sodium criteria (Nestle Nutritional Profiling System).
We will continue to find acceptable technical solutions to reduce salt further in line with consumer expectations and the 2017 targets. Imported products will have salt reduced as part of our Global Salt Reduction policy.
We have been rolling out the Department of Health’s Front of Pack hybrid labelling scheme, communicating the salt content on the front of our products and on recipes. We have also communicated the salt content on the front of our products and recipes using Guideline Daily Amount information since 2006.
In the UK, >99% of relevant products meet the 2012 Responsibility Deal Targets. In addition 10 out of the 14 categories, in which we have products, are fully compliant.
In fresh chilled frankfurters, >80% Nestle UK sales volume (2013) meets the target. All Cereal Partners UK products have salt levels below the max. target. Maggi recipe mixes are developed so that the final meals meet the relevant targets as consumed. All sauces and noodles made to UK recipes meet.