Salt Action Summary

March 2009

Slovakia is currently updating the Nutrition Improvement Programme to include the target of 5g salt/day. Slovakia will be looking at where reduction in salt can be made, starting with bread and meat products.

February 2008

World Salt Awareness Week

The Slovak League against Hypertension produced a press release highlighting the effects of salt on blood pressure and held a press conference in Bratislava on the 20th February 2008 to experts, food producers and volunteers. The Chairman, Associate Professor Štefan Farský, drew attention to the worldwide maximum recommended salt levels and then highlighted the current situation in Slovakia. Assoc. Prof. Farský concluded that the Slovak public does not have enough access to information about salt content to be able to make informed choices, and urges Slokavian manufacturers to provide the salt content on labels. Lectures included:

  1. Farský, Š.: The relationship between salt intake and high blood pressure
  2. Lieskovská, M., Mačejovská, M.: The salt content in the food of Slovak market.
  3. Farský, Š.: How to reduce salt intake at population level (European initiative CASH)

Further to this, Assoc. Prof Farský has proposed that the Slovak Cardiology Congress includes issues relating to salt in the National Cardiovascular Program and has also proposed the inclusion of urine Sodium content measurements as a compulsory part of regular preventive examination.