South Korea Targets Noodles in Sodium Reduction

South Korea is focusing on its national staple food, noodles, as a first target in its new sodium reduction initiative. In October 2021, regulators announced stricter standards for food manufacturers looking to label products as reduced / lower in salt or sugar, and enforcement of these standards is starting with noodle dishes. According to the new standards, instant noodles must contain a reduction of at least 10% of the ‘average value’ of products in the instant noodle category. The average values were recently announced by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) and have been set to correspond to the serving size and product type. Setting specific standards for sodium reduction is S. Korea’s latest plan in a decades-long effort to reduce sodium consumption within the overall population for public health.

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Posted on 10 March 2022