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SALT SUBSTITUTES

Salt substitutes are regulated in different manners in the Member States.

Salt substitutes are regulated in different manners in the Member States. Italy, for example considers many of such products FSMPs. In Germany, they are considered foods for general consumption with special regulations regarding composition, designation and labeling. Recent guidance from Germany emphasises Regulation (EC) No. 1924/2006 as the main regulatory reference, and given implied or explicit claims on sodium and salt content, a sodium reduction or equivalent salt reduction of at least 25% is required for such products.  German guidance indicates that  a descriptive name – in the absence of a legal or usual name – is required for example, “salt substitute made from sodium chloride and potassium chloride”. The mention of the specific salts is required for a descriptive name. Indeed, with this regulatory interpretation, table salt substitutes can also be made from sea salt! This discrepancy demonstrates the importance of in-depth expertise for compliant food labelling.