The Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGCSA) expressed disappointment at the publication of regulations to reduce salt content in foodstuffs.

Johannesburg - The Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGCSA) expressed disappointment on Tuesday at the publication of regulations to reduce salt content in foodstuffs.

It had written to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi about alternative approaches to ensure the introduction of a reduction in salt content, it said in a statement.

The CGCSA said it supported the reduction, but that the impact of the regulations would not be effective because of unrealistic timelines, a lack of consumer education and cost implications.

“The industry still hopes that the ministry will consider these concerns and grant us the opportunity to work together to the ultimate benefit of the consumer,” said CGCSA food safety initiative head Ronel Burger.

Motsoaledi said on Monday he would sign the new regulations this week, and they would be published in the Government Gazette. - Sapa