Indonesian government has decided to regulate salt intake by next year to control the rising mortality rate due to non-communicable disease (NCD).
The move is expected to reduce high incidence of stroke and high blood pressure, which are a major cause of death among Indonesians.
Indonesia's Health Ministry's Disease Control and Environment Health Director General Tjandra Yoga Aditam said the new regulation would first be enforced on fast food or franchised restaurants.
Tjandra said Indonesians consumed more salt than people in other South East Asian countries, the Star reports.
NCD Director Ekwati Rahageng has been entrusted to draw up the new regulation.
Indonesian Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih said the number of deaths from NCDs in Indonesia increased from 41.7 percent in 1995 to 49.9 percent in 2001 and 59.5 percent in 2007.