Buenos Aires rids restaurants of salt shakers

Posted on June 6, 2011 • Filed under: Argentina, Health, Social Issues

The Department of Health signed an agreement last week with the Argentine Federation of the Industry of Bread and Baked Goods (FAIPA) and the Argentine Federation of Hotel and Food Service Professionals (FEHGRA) in the hope of reducing sodium intake in Buenos Aires. As part of the Program against Hypertension, FAIPA will reduce the amount of salt in bread by 40% and FEHGRA has agreed to remove salt shakers from tables in gourmet restaurants, according to lavoz.com.ar. It is estimated that 3.7 million people in Buenos Aires have hypertension and that the average Argentine consumes 13 grams of salt a day when they should only have 5. The agreement will also provide anti-hypertensive medication to public health facilities in the province.
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