GENEVA–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Members of the International Food & Beverage Alliance (IFBA) developed the food industry’s first-ever collective commitment to implement globally standardized goals for sodium reduction in manufactured foods.
In a letter to the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, IFBA members pledged to reduce sodium in their global portfolios by 2025 and 2030 in key categories of frequently consumed products that contribute significantly to sodium intake in their respective categories.
Reducing sodium intake is a key global public health priority identified by WHO as a measure to help promote healthy diets and accelerate progress towards meeting several of the global NCD targets and targets. sustainable development. The IFBA’s global sodium reduction commitment aims to support these goals and builds on the significant individual progress of members in reducing sodium in consumer diets over the past two decades.
We support the WHO Global Plan of Action for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013-2020 designed to achieve a global target of a relative reduction of 30% in the average salt consumption of the population, with the aim of achieving a target of less than 5 g of salt per day by 2025. Since the adoption of this plan in 2013, IFBA members reduced sodium in their products to meet this goal, thus significantly contributing to reducing sodium in consumers’ diets.
âThis commitment represents another step in advancing the commitments that IFBA members first made to WHO in 2008 to improve health and nutrition around the world. said Rocco Renaldi, secretary general of the IFBA. âThe global sodium reduction targets, which apply not only to reformulation of existing products but also to the development of new products, will result in significant nutritional improvements in members’ product portfolios. “
The IFBA’s global sodium reduction pledge will be launched at the Tokyo Summit on Nutrition for Growth on December 8, 2021.
About the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA): The IFBA is a group of twelve global food and non-alcoholic beverage companies – The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Ferrero, General Mills, Grupo Bimbo, Kellogg, Mars, McDonald’s, MondelÄz International, NestlÃ©, PepsiCo and Unilever – who share a goal of helping people around the world adopt a balanced diet and a healthy, active lifestyle. The IFBA is a non-commercial, non-profit organization with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC). For more information on the IFBA, please visit www.ifballiance.org