Brazil: Getting Sodium Under Control

Posted By: Selerant RSA

Brazilian Ministry of Health has an agreement signed with food manufacturers’ associations with the purpose of reducing sodium levels in processed foods.

The reference daily value for sodium in Brazilian legislation has been set to 2400 mg.


Four years ago, when the agreement was signed, a monitoring program was established to verify the actual sodium reduction achieved in a set of food products.

Targeted products included: fries, biscuits, cookies, crackers, pre-packed cakes, jelly rolls, mayonnaise, corn chips and similar products.

Since then, Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) has published 4 monitoring results on its webpage, to publicize the results of the agreement.


The agency is now publishing results for the monitoring of sodium levels in different types of products, like manioc biscuit, crackers, baguettes, instant noodles, sliced bread, cheese spreads and various other types of cheese.

The latest monitoring results show that, in average, the manufacturers have reached the objective set for lowering the levels of sodium, for example:

-         Fries: max level proposed 650mg/100g; mean level found 468mg/100g

-         Sweet sandwich cookies: max level proposed 389mg/100g; mean level found 261mg/100g

-         Crackers: max level proposed 923mg/100g; mean level found 793mg/100g.

-         Mayonnaise: max level proposed 1283mg/100g; mean level found 981mg/100g.


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