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Salt content labelling of Foods in Supermarkets in Finland
Mikkeli Jt. Munic. Bd. Pub. Hlth, Finland.
University of Kuopio, Finland.
National Food Administration, Finland.
Dept. for Prevention and Promotion, Min. of Social Affairs and Health.
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1998 (English)In: Agriculture and Food Science in Finland, ISSN 1239-0992, Vol. 7, no 4, 447-453 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to assess the extent to which lightly salted food products are included in the assortments of Finnish supermarkets and prominently placed on shelves. The study was carried out in eastern Finland in four supermarkets of different food chains. Six food groups of importance for people's salt intake were considered. The food labels of 689 packaged food products were checked forsalt and sodium information on the basis of Finnish regulations on salt. Products with reduced salt contents were found in most food groups but not among whole-meat or ready-to-eat foods. Half of the products with reduced amounts of salt were labelled "lightly salted". All four supermarkets had a similar assortment of lightly salted products. From the public health point of view, the food industry should increase the supply of lightly salted products, and make a special effort to develop lightly salted ready-to-eat foods.

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1998. Vol. 7, no 4, 447-453 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-10470ISI: 000079113400003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0039392027OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-10470DiVA: diva2:358114
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