The pledges come in support of the government’s Responsibility Deal which aims to reduce obesity and encourage people to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
“Under the Deal, many catering companies have already pledged to reduce salt and artificial transfats, and to introduce calorie labelling on dishes – among others - but these are new pledges,” said John Dyson, the BHA’s food and technical affairs adviser.
“We have extensively consulted with members on the aim of each pledge and how it can be best achieved. The pledges reflect the complexities of producing meals in a commercial catering operation.”
There are three main pledges:
- Procurement of salt to meet salt targets of 2012
- Changing kitchen practices and training
- Reformulation of the final meal on the plate.
The overall aim is to reduce the amount of salt consumed in catering establishments and to assist in reducing the daily salt consumption of consumers to the government target of six grams per day. The BHA-led initiative encourages all catering companies to sign up.