H A recent study by Imperial College London has linked more than 10,000 cases of heart disease or gastric cancer
The study shows that the annual decline in daily salt intake in England following the introduction of the Public Health Responsibility Deal significantly slowed down in 2011.
In 2000-01, the Food Standards Authority had made efforts to combat salt, and agreements with the food industry to reformulate processed foods were 10.5 grams for men and 8 grams for men women.
Between 2003 and 2010, the average intake decreased by 0.2g per year for men and 0.1
In contrast, the annual decline after 2011 slowed to 0 .11 in men and 0.07 in women.
The new study published in the BMJ argues that the slowdown is related to 1,500 cases of gastric cancer and 9,900 cases of heart disease or stroke until 2018 that would otherwise have not occurred.
This does not include the estimated 13,320 deaths due to various circumstances.
"Public-private partnerships such as the Responsibility Agreement, which lack robust and independent goals, monitoring and enforcement, are unlikely to lead to optimal health gains." The study concludes.
Professor Simon Capewell, a population health specialist from the University of Liverpool, who participated in the study, added: "The political messages from this saline reduction analysis could not be clearer.
" The British Government has a decisive one: "Put either continue the Laissez-Faire approach, killing or maiming thousands of people, or reactivate the successful FSA approach, which will prevent thousands of deaths, and powerfully support the NHS and the UK economy.
Dr Alison Tedstone, Ph.D., Public Health England (PHE) dietary advisor, said on behalf of the government, "Previous voluntary salt reduction measures have helped reduce the nation's salt intake by 11 percent to 8 grams per day.
19659002] "But more needs to be done.
"Last December's PHE report showed that the industry as a whole achieved slightly more than half of all average salt reduction targets and retailers made more progress than manufacturers.
" It is clear that with the proper management of the industry a further reduction of salt in food is still possible. "