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The need to harmonise EU food fortification regulation

Posted: 06 November 2018

Whether it’s to help with the good functioning of your body or used as a carrier for essential nutrients, salt is essential to a healthy life.
However, due to a lack of regulatory framework and harmonisation, European public health policies have failed to address issues linked to malnutrition, particularly lack of micronutrients and the ensuing health impacts.

Salt as a carrier for nutrients isn’t a random choice.
Salt has been globally recognised as a cost-effective vehicle for nutrients, due to its widespread consumption and due to the low cost of fortification. Indeed, salt as a carrier guarantees folic acid and/or iodine and/or fluoride intakes for a whole population, without discriminating certain social classes and independent of any dietary preference. Salt can also be used in specific processed foods resulting to an easy control of nutrient intakes, avoiding risks of over-exposure. Therefore, EUsalt supports the recommendations from the WHO 2008 Report for salt fortification and promotes the use of salt as carrier of essential nutrients.

A need to harmonise food fortification regulation.
Currently, there is a lack of harmonisation throughout the EU, with different thresholds and varying access to fortified salt within the single market. Harmonising legislation throughout the EU will enable better competitiveness within the single market and contribute to a healthier nutritional diet for those Europeans who lack key nutrients. We believe that the use and promotion of fortified salt works alongside the EU’s policies aiming to reduce salt intake. Therefore, EUsalt looks forward to working closely with the European Commission, Member States and other stakeholders to protect and improve the health of EU citizens. Together we want to improve the efficiency of Europe’s health policy. We call on EU institutions to recognise the importance of fortified foods for optimum nutrition. Not only do regulations need to be harmonised throughout the EU but, more importantly, food fortification is a legitimate health policy, and we believe fortified salt should be recognised as a crucial tool for Europeans’ wellbeing.

Salt production has various applications, such as for the chemical industry, pharmaceuticals, de-icing, water treatment and food grade salt. Only 5% of European salt produced is destined for the food industry.
EUsalt has continuously advocated the need to promote an optimum nutrition, healthy, well-balanced, diet and lifestyle.