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Natrium en verzadigd vet in beeld : Veranderingen in samenstelling van voedingsmiddelen in 2012(Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu RIVMVoedingscentrum Nederland, 2013-02-18)The Dutch governments asked the food industry to contribute to a lower intake by decreasing the sodium and saturated fat content of processed foods. This report, performed by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Dutch Nutrition Centre (VCN), shows that the sodium content in bread and in vegetables in glass or tins was significantly lower in 2012 compared with 2011. The average sodium content of cheese, cold sauces, satey (peanut) sauces and crisps was lower, although not significantly. No changes in sodium contents were observed for meat cold cuts and soups. With respect of saturated fat, the oil and fat sector and the potato-industry have stimulated the use of liquid fats and enhanced the fatty acid composition of their products in 2012. The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport ordered this research. This Ministry stimulates the reformulation of foods for a healthier food supply. This makes a healthier food choice easier. The RIVM and VCN set up a monitoring system to follow the sodium and saturated fat content of foods. Manufacturers and food sectors supplied food composition data on a voluntary basis. The Dutch Food Safety Authority shared data on sodium contents of foods from their independent monitoring system on sodium contents of foods. The data provided are compared with sodium and saturated fat contents in the Dutch Food Composition Database (NEVO) version 2011 (http://nevoonline. rivm.nl/). For the next couple of years, food sectors (manufacturers(sectors) and one supermarket chain) intent to further lower the sodium content in meat cold cuts and meat products, cheese, savoury snacks, various sauces, soup, ready to eat meals, pizza's and fish products in a stepwise approach. This is shown in the plans until 2015.