27th May 2016
As new nutrition guidelines make labelling potassium on packaged foods mandatory in the US, a UK petition is urging the government to do the same but for different reasons - it would end the processed food "nightmare" for sufferers of Chronic Kidney Disease for whom potassium can mean heart failure and death, says the author.
The petition was launched by Nicholas Jones, father of 15-year-old Matty who suffers from chronic kidney disease (CKD). The disease, which affects almost two million (1,739,443) adults in England alone, leaves him unable to manage potassium levels in the blood, meaning he is at risk of heart failure and death.
This includes potassium that has been added to food for fortification purposes, potassium-chloride based sodium replacers, preservatives such as potassium sorbate or naturally occurring potassium. Potassium-rich foods include bananas, avocadoes and beans.
Mandatory labelling would end the "nightmare" that packaged and processed food represents for CKD sufferers, Nicholas Jones told FoodNavigator.
"Without food labelling including potassium levels, every time we pick up any food other than raw ingredients we are faced with a dilemma because we can’t know what is in it. This is made worse because the food industry has a habit of adding potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride to keep down the salt levels on their labelling.
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Food Labelling Services comments:
Nutrition labelling is regulated by the Food Information for Consumers Regulations 2011, and there are mandatory nutrients that have to be declared in a defined order. Nutrition labelling will become obligatory for all food products (unless specified as exempt) in December 2016. The mandatory nutrients have therefore been agreed at EU level, and if there is a significant amount of potassium in a food product, this can be declared voluntarily.