Those of you with long memories (not addled by age, drink or drugs) may recall that way back in 2008 I wrote about councils trying to limit the number of holes in salt shakers at fish and chip shops.
"Seemingly at least six councils have ordered five-hole shakers, at our (council taxpayers') expense. These are being given away to chip shops and takeaways in their areas.
Drywite Ltd make the five hole shakers at £2 each. They have now received orders from at least five other councils, including Gateshead and Middlesbrough Council.
As one rather wise chippy owner said, it doesn't matter how many holes it has, people are going to put on as much salt as they want.
Additionally, why not save yourself the £2 and simply bung up some of the holes with sticky tape or glue?
Carol Ackerman, who runs Carol's Plaice in the suburb of Acklam, said:
"People will just put on more salt if they want more.
In fact, we have had some people unscrewing the lids to do so."
Another brilliant use of council taxpayer's money!"
Well it seems that the anti salt lobby is up to its old tricks again (quite why Nanny has such a bee in her bonnet over salt - a necessary part of the human diet - I don't know...could it be that Nanny is related to slugs?), Stockport council (Lib Dem run) wants fish and chip shops, cafes and Indian restaurants to hide salt shakers behind the counters.
The "thinking" being that if people don't see the salt they may not use it, and those that do want it will have to ask for it.
Ironically Stockport is facing a budget cut of around £50M, so quite how they have found the resources necessary for this campaign I don't know.
The campaign is part of the Greater Manchester ASK campaign, which aims to cut salt consumption.
All utter bollocks:
1 One size fits all does not work wrt "safe" levels of food, drink or drugs.
2 A healthy person, who drinks water and exercises regularly, will excrete (I like that word:)) excess salt via urine and sweat.
3 As a child I used to shave blocks of sea salt for my mum (anyone know where I can get these now?), and would enjoy eating chunks of salt (I have not got a sweet tooth). I am now middle aged, and in ruggedly good health!
4 We should be allowed to eat food in the way we wish.
5 Shall we criminalise salt to such an extent that it will become the new "cocaine" of the street dealers?
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