Nanny Knows Best

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The Dangers of Salt Shakers - Again

The Dangers of Salt Shakers - Again
Those of you who are regular readers may recall that I wrote in January about Rochadale Council trying to limit the amount of salt being shaken over fish and chips, by giving fish and chips shops five hole shakers (the normal number of holes is 17).

Well, they were but the vanguard in Nanny's salt shaker campaign. 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

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  1. Anonymous10:49 AM

    I frequently find myself wishing you would link to your sources, rather than making me search them out for myself.

    Today it's because I want to find out if my local council is wasting my money on salt shakers.

  2. The exercise is good for you ciaran:)

  3. Anonymous11:57 AM

    I am surprised that Nanny hasn't adopted the old salt bag that we used to get in crisps .....Imagine....Only one bag per portion, the blue bag hidden under the counter so as not to encourage people to use salt.....Do we see a pattern here?

    Ooooppps silly me, I've just given Nanny an idea....Any bets on how long it will be before she diktats that small salt bags must be used instead of shakers....If I was a chip shop owner, I would make the five holes larger....We must resist Nanny.

  4. Anonymous12:12 PM

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  5. well spotted Archroy:)

  6. Anonymous4:02 PM

    Thank heavens they have not banned take out sales yet. When I can afford F&C our local outlet is close enough to allow me to get the forbidden oiliness home in minutes, still plenty warm enough in the thermally efficient non-newspaper wrapping and encasing polystyrene box. I can then ladle on as much salt as I wish. OK, so I am not taking advantage of the free salt but so what ...

    Damn. Now I'm going to be seeing tubs of mushy peas in my daydreams ...


  7. Anonymous5:03 PM

    This is the problem in allowing local government officials to go to conferences and to order subscriptions to Health & Safety World. They get silly ideas from each other and then before you know it they're copying madly. Local Government drones are very competitive and they like to be the first at something: the first to reduce salt use, the first to uncover satanic ritual abuse, the first to go smokeless, the first to be nuclear free, the first to have a Nelson Mandela Road. You get the picture?

  8. I live about three miles from Acklam and can confirm that salt is the least of the worries of residents.

    I believe that, officially, the North East is the most deprived area in the UK (Yup, even beats Glasgow). Health fascists would probably describe it in their job interview with M/Bro Council as 'challenging' (a typical NuLabour word).

    This, of course, will be the interview for the £35,990 per annum job to be given to some 30 year old dipstick with a 'degree' from the local polyversity in 'health inequalities studies' who will set about engineering the behaviour of people she despises but with whom she will 'engage in partnership to encourage choices that will enrich their lives', her salary being paid by same who are stoking up five nights a week on chips with rice and curry sauce because it's filling and cheap enough for them to scrape the money together to pay their council tax.

    God, how I loathe these people.

  9. And where is the science for limiting salt? Well, it is almost entirely limited to people with diseases that affect their bodies' ability to process it, such as kidney/renal failure.

    Ciarin wants a source. Go to, use "search blog" for sodium, then read the entries - and note, the writings there include many links to source materials such as publications in medical journals.

  10. Anonymous10:14 PM

    If you want more salt make bigger holes.

    Where I come from, New Zealand, salt and pepper shakers can be distinguished with the salt shaker having one hole and the pepper shaker having a number of little holes.

  11. Anonymous7:38 AM

    Ken, thought you'd be interested in this story of a woman suffering from too LITTLE salt.