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The link between a high salt intake and high blood pressure, which raises the risk of cardiovascular disease, is well established.  © iStock

Ireland's salt intake is falling - but still too high

By Niamh Michail

There have been “significant reductions” in salt intake among the Irish population thanks to voluntary industry efforts, says the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) - but intake is still more than double the recommended levels for men.

Alex Mayfield asked the DH to look elsewhere to meet salt reduction targets

Plant bakers braced for more government salt reduction demands

By Gary Scattergood

Bread bakers should be prepared to face further reductions in salt levels when new limits are set by the Department of Health (DH) later this year – despite hitting their 2012 targets and reducing levels by 40% over the past decade.