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consumersinternational.org Role of NGOs in the monitoring and evaluation of sodium content in processed foods Hubert Linders Consumers International Calgary, Canada, 18 October
consumersinternational.org Table showing that food labels of breakfast cereals in Chile show incorrect levels of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Salt is not mentioned. Arrows indicate where labels are correct.
Consumer preferences with respect to salt or sodium on food labelling FSA (UK): preference for salt over sodium Consumentenbond (Netherlands): Salt 57% / Sodium 9% / No opinion 32% Consumers International: Chile: Salt 2% / Sodium 6,5% / Salt & sodium 46,3% / No opinion 45,2% Costa Rica: Salt 28,5% / Sodium 3,3% / Salt & sodium 15,0% / No opinion 54,2% Argentina: Salt 25,3% / Sodium 5,5% / Salt & sodium 31,0% / No opinion 38,2%
consumersinternational.org Consumer knowledge with respect to salt and sodium and intake Argentina Chile Costa Rica “Know” difference salt sodium 9,8% 17,0% 31,2% Answered correctly 6,3% 7,0% 11,6% “Know” recommended salt intake Answered correctly 3,0%6,3% 22,3% 36,7% 2,0% 3,0% Education is necessary!
consumersinternational.org Consumers International HQ: London 3 regional offices Santiago, Chile Johannesburg, South Africa Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia >220 member organizations in >115 countries Institutional links with: Codex, WTO, WHO, UNDP, OECD, CSD, UNICEF, UNESCO, ISO, IEC