09 June 2015

Nestlé to ditch artificial flavours and cut salt

Nestlé will be removing artificial flavours and slash salt levels in some of their products amid growing public health concerns.


Nestlé USA said on Tuesday it would remove artificial flavours and reduce salt by 10 percent in its frozen pizza and snack products by the end of this year.

The move will include more than 250 products sold under the Digiorno, Tombstone, California Pizza Kitchen, Jack's, Hot Pocket and Lean Pockets brands.

The company, a unit of Switzerland's Nestlé SA, said it would also provide tips on healthy eating on the packaging on these products.

Nestlé USA said in February it would remove artificial flavors and certified colors from its chocolate products, such as Butterfinger and Baby Ruth bars, by the end of the year.

Restaurant chains and food companies are under pressure to offer less-processed products amid growing concerns that artificial colors and flavors could cause health problems.

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, owned by Yum Brands Inc, said in May they would remove artificial colors and flavors from their food.

Read: Nestlé slashes sugar in Nesquik

In April, Nestlé announced that it will also be cutting the added sugar in its Nesquik flavoured milk products in the US.

The overhauled Nesquik powders will contain 10.6 grams of sugar per two tablespoons, marking a 15% reduction in the chocolate version and a 27% cut in the strawberry flavour. The products will also no longer contain artificial colours or flavours.

Nesquik ready-to-drink beverages will also contain 10.6 grams of added sugar per eight-ounce serving, but 22 grams total due to lactose, a naturally occurring sugar. "Added sugars" are sugars and syrups added to foods when they are processed or prepared, as opposed to naturally occurring sugars.

Meanwhile, Nestlé has triggered India's worst food scare in a decade after scientists found that a batch of  Maggi 2-Minute Noodles contained dangerous levels on lead.

It has since been slapped with a ban in some states, while it has also recalled some products.

Also read:

No poison in Maggi Two Minute Noodles in South Africa

Maggi noodles slapped with a ban in India

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