UN NCD Summit New York 19-20 September 2011
'South Africa leads the world in setting salt reduction targets'
South Africa has set targets to radically reduce NCDs including a target to reduce salt intake to less than 5 g/day by per person by 2020. This reduction will be achieved by regulation of the food industry.
Professor Graham Macgregor, Chairman of World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) says:
“South Africa has made a pioneering declaration on NCDs following on from an NCD summit meeting in Johannesburg 12-13 September 2011, ahead of the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs to be held in New York next week. South Africa will reduce the mean population intake of salt from the current level of 8-10g per day to less than 5 grams per day by 2020. Dr Motsoaledi, Minister of Health for South Africa stated that this would be done by a public health campaign and regulation of the food industry.