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Ministry of health moves to regulate amount of sodium in packaged foods

The Federal Government has announced that it would begin regulating the amount of sodium contained in packaged foods.

The Hon. Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.

This was disclosed at the Nigeria’s Sodium Reduction Study, jointly organised by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and the University of Abuja.

According to Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the framework would help in reducing morbidity and mortality of incidence by instituting cost-effective policies and social interventions that would interface behaviours and lifestyle changes.

Represented at the event by Dr. Oko Alex, who is the Director of Public Health at the Ministry, the Minister said it would also reduce modifiable risk factors for the prioritised Non-Communicable Diseases within health in all policies approach.

The representative said that some of the objectives of the NCDs Multi-sectorial Action Plan include promoting a healthy lifestyle and diet, as well as reducing salt intake through the reformulation of processed food products to contain less salt.

“The Non-Communicable Diseases Multi-sectoral Action Plan which is an alignment with WHO global NCDs action plan as well as the WHO ‘SHAKE’ technical package for salt reduction.

“The implementation of the plan aims to achieve specific national subjects as an aspect of the global NCDs goal and SDGs to achieve among other things as an effective reduction in mean population in case of salt, and sodium, which means two grammes per day by 2025 through regulation and reformulation of processed food products to contain less salt,” Oko said.

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