Salt levels in unpackaged bread have been tested by Thurrock Council Trading Standards as part of its work to protect consumers.
The sampling project looked at a range of bakers from individual firms to national supermarkets. Around 80% of the samples taken were found to be in the amber category of the Food Standards Agency’ (FSA) traffic light system and the remainder were red. The FSA traffic light system uses red, amber and green to advise consumer on healthy choices for certain nutritional benefits of food including fat and salt levels. The more green lights on a food the healthier it is.
A spokesperson for Trading Standards said: “Our survey sampled a non packaged product where the salt content is not declared to the consumer and we were pleased that a subsequent test showed all products fell within the amber category.”
“Bread is an important part of our diet and is a good source of nutrients and fibre, however, because we eat it so frequently, it is also the single biggest contributor of salt to our diet. High salt diets can result in high blood pressure, leading to an increased risk of heart disease and strokes.
Following the sampling, bakers found to be producing bread with a high salt content were advised, and further samples were taken. These all showed a reduction in salt content bringing them in line with other bakers in the survey.