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Some cheese 'contains more salt than seawater'

Some cheese contains more salt than seawater, new research has found, amid warnings about the high salt content in the majority of cheese sold in Britain.

The study, published in the journal BMJ Open, found halloumi and imported blue cheese had the highest salt content.

Researchers said the findings prove more stringent salt reduction targets are needed.

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Big cheese brands 'need to stop dragging their feet'

The big brands behind some of the UK's most popular cheeses "need to stop dragging their feet" over salt reduction, a scientist and nutrition expert has said.

Dr Kawther Hashem, from Queen Mary University of London, hit out at the food industry after the high levels of salt in some cheeses were exposed in BMJ Open.

These results provide evidence that the UK salt reduction strategy, based on a series of salt targets for different food groups, is working, but that the targets need to be much more stringent if we are to get salt intakes down to less than 6g a day (the recommended maximum).

These big brands need to stop dragging their heels and catch up with the supermarkets now, or they will be left behind.

It's worth looking at the label and choosing a lower salt and fat version of your favourite cheese, or better yet, to eat very small amounts.

Children's cheeses are often marketed as 'healthy', yet can contain at least the equivalent of 75% seawater per 100g on average - these cheeses should only be given to children occasionally, or not at all.

– Dr Kawther Hashem

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