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Salt reduction

From August, bakeries in Portugal will be forced to sell bread containing less salt.

The measure imposed by the Health Ministry aims to combat hypertension.

The maximum amount of salt allowed will be 1.4 grams per 100 grams of bread, announced the Health General Director Francisco George at the commemorative session of the World Health Day last week.

“I know the country can be proactive and, as was the case done with the law on smoking, this measure, to be applied from the summer, seeks to reduce the amount of salt used in bread thus reducing the number of hypertension cases in Portugal,” said Francisco George.