Argentina Salt Action Summary

2016

The Global Nutrition Report: From Promise to Impact (2016) found that between 2011 and 2015, the average daily consumption of salt fell from 11.2g/day to 9.2g/day - a 2g or 18% reduction. 

2015

An evaluation of the salt targets and progress towards achieving them found that of the 18 food categories in the legislation, 15 had already met their salt reduction target before the law was introduced. The full evaluation can be found here.

2013

In 2013 the Argentine legislature passed a law that made the salt reduction targets mandatory. Below are the targets for the 18 categories of foods, translated from the original Spanish text.

Main Category

Sub-Category

Salt Target (per 100g of product)

Meat and Meat Products

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sausages cooked and raw, including ham, cold cuts and blood sausage

2.99g

Dried/cured meats e.g. salami

4.75g

Chorizos

2.38g

Burgers

2.13g

Chicken Patties, including chicken nuggets

1.84g

Bread Products

 

Corn Crackers

2.35g

Non-Corn Crackers

2.35g

Cookies

3.65g

Snacks

2.38g

Dry Sweet Cookies

1.28g

Filled Sweet Cookies

1.07g

Baked Corn Goods

1.33g

Baked Non-Corn Goods

1.25g

Frozen Baked Goods

1.32g

Soups, Dressings and Preserves

Stocks and granules

1.08g

Clear Soups

0.87g

Creamy Soups

0.77g

Instant Soups

0.88g

September 2012

Argentina established a voluntary initiative 'Menos Sal, Mas Vida' (Less Salt, More Life) to help reduce salt consumption in the population. The initiative included voluntary agreements with food manufacturers to progressively reduce salt in processed foods. The voluntary targets aimed to reduce salt in meat, cheese and soup by 5-18%, and by 25% in bread, by 2015. 20 manufacturers signed up to these targets, including Nestle and Kraft Foods. The initiative also aimed to increase population awareness about the salt health effects and the need to reduce salt addition to food.

Argentine Initiative to reduce sodium consumption

March 2012

In Argentina, the health department reached an agreement with the hotel and restaurant federation to remove salt shakers from the tables at their eateries in order  to help  combat the prevalence of  high blood pressure, which affects nearly a quarter of the population. The average Argentinean consumes 13g salt daily – almost 3 times more than the WHO recommended maximum intake of 5g/day.  The Government has also signed an agreement with the local bread maker’s federation to reduce the amount of salt in baked bread by 40%.