Thursday 29 September 2016

Rasher labels out by 50pc on salt

Published 02/05/2016 | 02:30

The fry-up. Stock photo: Joerg Beuge
The fry-up. Stock photo: Joerg Beuge

Consumers tucking into popular products such as rashers are eating up to 50pc more salt than they expected because of misleading food labels.

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A new investigation has found that nutrition labels on some bacon products are giving the wrong information when it comes to salt content.

The research by the Teagasc Food Research Centre found that one in four products contained levels of salt that were up to 50pc higher than the recommended limit.

This was despite all the nutrition labels on the packaging of these 36 products stating that their salt content was at or within the recommended range as judged by food authorities.

Incorrect labelling has implications for people who need to keep their salt intake down due to high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The Food Safety Authority recommends that bacon should not have more than 3.3pc salt per 100g, but this was breached in several of the products tested.

Irish Independent

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