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Dairylea cuts salt and fat in kids’ snacks

Move follows criticism from health campaigners

Dairylea snacks aimed at children have been made healthier, according to its manufacturer.

Kraft, which owns the brand, is cutting fat and saturated fat in Dairylea Lunchables by around one third.

The salt content of the lunchtime snack is being reduced by around 9 per cent.

The changes come after other Dairylea products came under fire from health campaigners who complained about their high salt content.

‘Saltier than the Atlantic’

Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) previously said Dairylea light cheese slices were ‘saltier than the Atlantic’ and urged shoppers to boycott them.

Kraft said its reformulated Dairylea Lunchables contained no artificial colours or flavours, no trans fats, and had 113 per cent more fibre than previously.

The firm said in a statement: ‘New recipe Dairylea Lunchables is one example of how Kraft Foods is working with consumers to help them make healthy choices more easily.’

Salt reduction

Cash nutritionist Jo Butten welcomed Kraft’s salt reductions but added: “We note that Kraft have compared their products with homemade sandwiches but if parents want to provide their children with a lower salt and (lower) saturated fat lunch, why not give them a chicken sandwich without cheese which we calculate would contain around 0.64g salt – around a third of the salt content of the Ham ‘n’ Cheese Sub Lunchable.’

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