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Salt wars: Using policy and the law to reduce salt intake

salt awareness week event

The George Institute for Global Health invites you to a #GeorgeTalks on “Salt wars: using policy and the law to reduce salt intake” on Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 12pm (AEST) to mark ‘World Salt Awareness Week’.

For this #GeorgeTalks event, we will be joined by Dr. Michael F. Jacobson, Senior Scientist and former Executive Director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington D.C.

Dr. Jacobson will discuss his recently published book, “Salt Wars: The Battle Over the Biggest Killer in the American Diet”, that outlines how food industry lobbyists and a small group of scientists and anti-regulatory politicians have successfully fought government efforts to reduce dangerous levels of sodium in our food. But progress is on the horizon.

This #GeorgeTalks will be a hybrid event with the option to:


  • Dr. Michael F. Jacobson

    Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., is the co-founder of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nonprofit health-advocacy organization. He was the long-time executive director and is now a senior scientist at CSPI. CSPI is a key player in battles against obesity, cardiovascular disease, and other health problems, using education, legislation, litigation, and other tactics. Jacobson has led CSPI’s campaigns on sugar drinks, salt, trans fat, and several food additives.

    He has written numerous books, reports, and scientific papers, including Salt Wars: The Battle Over the Biggest Killer in the American Diet, Six Arguments for a Greener Diet, “Salt: the Forgotten Killer,” and “Liquid Candy: How Soft Drinks are Harming Americans’ Health.” Jacobson has received such awards as the 2010 Hero Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation and the American Public Health Association’s 2011 David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health.

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  • Professor Jacqui Webster

    Prof Jacqui Webster is Head of Advocacy and Policy Impact, Food Policy @The George Institute for Global Health. She is responsible for a program of research on food policy and is the academic lead to the Thought Leadership program at the George Institute and a Professor at the University of New South Wales. She is also Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction at the George Institute with a remit to support countries to achieve the new global targets to reduce salt by 30% by 2025.

    Jacqui is currently supported by an Australian Heart Foundation Future Leaders Award Level 2 on Strengthening and monitoring food policy interventions. She receives additional funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council, the National Heart Foundation, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations for work in this field.