The meeting heard about progress with national salt reduction strategies from five countries and discussed developments in methodology for monitoring food composition and progress towards targets. Participants also learned about some of the challenges and opportunities associated with sensory thresholds for consumer perception of salt and technical issues around food safety. New tools for data collection and implementation of salt reduction strategies were presented to support Member States in their efforts. In addition, representatives of non-governmental organizations working in salt reduction provided a summary of their work in the field.
It was agreed that ESAN and WHO would pursue further work on modelling of the health impact, in terms of years of life saved, of effective salt reduction strategies and on the development of understanding and approaches to reducing salt intakes from food eaten outside the home.