- Of all countries surveyed, South Africa’s KFC chicken burger and chips aimed at children had the highest salt content of all kiddies chicken burgers globally, at 2.91g (more than ½ a teaspoon) per meal;
- South Africa was in the top 10 for the saltiest popular kiddies meals globally;
- Eight out of ten (134/163) meals contain more than 1g salt per serving – that’s the maximum recommendation for a meal for a child aged 4-6 years ;
South Africans Eating Less Salt from Today as New Law Kicks In
According to the Department of Health, many processed foods on shop shelves have already hit the salt-reduction targets set for 2016.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa’s Sam Mabaso says that if all the department's goals are reached by the deadline year of 2019, almost 3 500 lives would have been saved every year and the department would save at least R500 000 in subsidies.
The Department of Health spokesperson, Khutso Rabothata, explains that: "Salt intake in South Africa is double the recommended levels and we've the highest hypertension rate in the world."