Experts: Government’s laissez-faire approach to salt will kill or maim thousands

A failed salt reduction strategy agreed between the Government and industry has led to thousands of extra cases of heart disease, stroke and stomach cancer, experts say.

In a damning study, researchers said the voluntary pact introduced in 2011 – known as the Public Health Responsibility Deal – led to people unnecessarily developing stomach cancer and cardiovascular disease, with hundreds dying as a result.

And they warned that unless urgent action is taken, then by 2025 more than 40,000 extra cases of disease and cancer may have occurred, with almost 9,000 deaths.

The team…
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