Slovakia Salt Action Summary

2013

In 2013, the WHO reviewed salt reduction activities across the European region and produced the report 'Mapping salt reduction initiatives in the WHO European Region'. Below is a summary of salt reduction activities in Slovakia, as reported in this document:

The government is collaborating with manufacturers, health professionals and nongovernmental organizations on salt reduction. They are working towards a maximum of 5g of salt consumed per day, including salt in bakery products, meat products and other processed and preserved foods.

In 2008/2009 salt intake was estimated at 9.6–9.8 g/day for men and 7.0–7.2 g/day for women. Public awareness campaigns have been carried out by the League against Hypertension which advocate a maximum salt intake of 4g/day.

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.