Dairy Industry Working to Deliver Fat and Salt Cuts

UK - A report released last week suggested that cutting salt and saturated fat levels in processed food could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
calendar icon 23 June 2010
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Responding to this, The Dairy Council Director, Dr Judith Bryans said: “The dairy industry is working very closely and productively with the Food Standards Agency to deliver reductions in saturated fat and salt. These reductions are in line with recommendations which the World Health Organisation see as being important in human health.

"As an industry, we have always supported public health recommendations and we’ve been providing good quality low-fat options for a long time. Consumption of skimmed and semi-skimmed milk has been on the rise for more than 30 years. And the move towards lower fat milk has taken another major step forward recently with the launch of new varieties containing less than one per cent fat.

"Cheese makers have already removed a substantial amount of salt from their products and are busy developing new brands with lower fat content. It is important for those making recommendations to bear in mind that there is only so much salt that can be removed from food before food safety is affected.

"We've been promoting food responsibly, supported by the EU, for years. For example, as an industry, we’ve promoted low fat milk to school children through the EU School Milk Scheme and we are currently running two EU funded campaigns, Make Mine Milk and Milk in Action, both of which promote low fat milk to different groups of young people.

“The dairy industry is committed to helping achieve Government’s goals in improving public health and ensuring that consumers can make the informed choices they need to suit their diets.

"As one of the stakeholders who took part in the NICE consultation we are very supportive of measures which improve public health but we surprised that NICE has chosen to release recommendations in areas where Government agencies already have initiatives under way.”

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