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Sri Lanka

Salt Action Summary: 

2012: 

The Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka has started developing regulations and enforcing laws that will address salt reduction. The two areas that the Government is acting on are consumer awareness and standardisation. 

The Government has also implemented a colour-coded labelling strategy and regulations on sodium reduction, which are to be started imminently. They plan to reduce salt content in foods by 40% between 2012 and 2017. 

2010: 

Sri Lanka begins their salt reduction programme. Cardiovascular diseases are a major cause of death in Sri Lanka - accounting for 30% of deaths in the country. 

It is estimated that salt intake is 8.3g/day in urban areas and anywhere between 8.9g/day and 11.4g/day in rural areas. 

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