Primary school lunch suppliers to go easy on the salt

Local | 14 Sep 2017 5:48 pm

More than a dozen companies that supply lunches to 80 percent of primary schools have promised to reduce the amount of salt in their meals. 

This comes as data show that the proportion of students with suspected high blood pressure has shot up sharply – from 0.4 percent in 2011 to 0.8 per cent in 2015, RTHK reports.

Under the voluntary scheme, the companies will start reducing the salt content from this year and hope to cut it by half in 10 years’ time. 

The 13 companies that supply lunch to 440 primary schools want to reduce salt gradually so the students don’t feel the taste difference. They will reduce salt by about 10 percent in some of their lunch options this year. 

A previous study shows the amount of salt in most school lunches exceed recommended levels. 

An Assistant Director of Health, Dr Anne Fung, said authorities would monitor the salt reduction by checking the recipes and carrying out tests.

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