'Banned', eh? The story by Chris Riches says:
Salt shakers are being removed from fish and chip shops in a nanny state ruling on what we can eat.
The petty diktat is supposed to be part of a healthy living drive to lower salt consumption which has been linked to high blood pressure.
The story includes a large number of 'angry' quotes from local residents, rent-a-quote politicians and, inevitably, the TaxPayers' Alliance.
And the Express' editorial isn't happy either:
So for Stockport Council to force food outlets to withdraw salt from view is daft. Any council official turning up at a fish and chip shop to check the ban is being enforced rigorously may run the risk of getting battered.
So is salt going to be 'banned' and 'removed' from all chip shops by 'force', because of a 'diktat'? Not quite:
Stockport Council...wants fish and chip shops, cafes and Indian restaurants to hide salt shakers behind the counters.
As part of its campaign, customers who notice no salt on the counter or table will have to ask for it.
So it's only one council and they're not actually banning anything. Indeed:
The move is part of the wider Greater Manchester ASK campaign to cut excessive salt consumption, which is linked to high blood pressure, stomach cancer and asthma.
Businesses that sign up to the scheme will display an ASK symbol in their windows and have information on their cafe tables.
Or, as the Mail put it in their version of the same news, which was top story on their website on Wednesday:
The scheme, called ASK, is voluntary...
While the Mail's story does state the salt is only being put behind the counter, their headline still refers to Stockport as:
And yes, that really is 'out of site' (thanks geeoharee).
The Express article also claims that salt is:
one of the simple pleasures of life.
Yet on 22 March, the same paper took a slightly different view:
There is a killer on your dinner table every night, an assassin in your lunchtime sandwiches and you probably have no idea of the danger...
Every year 17,500 people die in the UK from cardiovascular disease and strokes caused by eating too much salt.