HC Deb 09 February 2001 vol 362 c714W
Mrs. Spelman

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will conduct a review into the evidence of the impact of dietary sodium. [149100]

Yvette Cooper

[holding answer 6 February 2001]: We accept that there is a large body of authoritative opinion that there are public health gains to be made by a reduction in sodium consumption. There are no plans to conduct a further review of the evidence on the impact of dietary sodium on health.

As part of a wider policy on reducing deaths from heart disease and stroke, we are committed to working with the food industry to improve the overall balance of the diet, including sodium/salt in foods.