A new survey carried out by Consensus Action in Salt and Health (Cash) in Britain has revealed that a third of popular brands of sausages in the country contain almost half of the daily salt levels recommended by the government.
More than 300 brands of sausages were analyzed by Cash who found that over 33 percent of the popular brands contained salt levels in excess of the maximum limit recommended by the Department of Health in 2010 while over 80 percent would struggle to meet the recommended levels that will come into force in 2012.
Popular brand Richmond's range of sausages were found to contain the highest level of salt at 2.3g per 100g which means that eating just two sausages would see you consume almost half of the 6g limit recommended by the government.
"Sausages are such a British favourite at meal times that they are the third-largest contributor of salt in the UK diet. It is possible to eat much less salt by reading the label - we found enormous differences in salt content of sausages, regardless of the flavour, cost or meat content, showing that the hidden salt is completely unnecessary", Cash's Katharine Jenner said.