Recent studies examined the impact of the UK’s voluntary salt reduction initiative from 2003-2018. Initial findings were positive, with average salt intake dropping from 9.38 grams per day in 2003 to 7.58 grams in 2014, and corresponding decreases in blood pressure and mortality rates from heart disease and stroke.

However, progress in salt reduction has stalled since 2014, when the responsibility shifted from the government to the food industry, leading to a decline in the effectiveness of these initiatives. This slowdown suggests that while the initial phase of the salt reduction program was effective, maintaining momentum requires ongoing, robust and well-managed salt reduction programs. They serve as a wake-up call for policymakers and public health authorities to prioritize and strengthen these initiatives to sustain health benefits over the long term.