Food Grade Salt & Animal Feed Salt
Food Grade Salt
People need salt in their daily diet in order to live. Since the human body is not capable of producing its own salt, we depend upon the various sources of salt in food to ensure our necessary daily intake. Salt for human consumption is produced in a variety of ways.
In Europe, around 7% of all salt produced is food grade salt.
Salt has an important technological role in the manufacture of many foods, so that in addition to its well known function as a preserver and a flavour enhancer, it is also fundamental to the consistency and texture of lots of our daily foods such as bread and cheese. In bread production for example, salt serves to soften up the dough, stops it sticking together and controls the fermentation; this is important in ensuring the quality of the finished product.
Animals also require salt to keep them healthy. The right salt intake ensures they grow well, and have strong immune and reproductive systems. Often agricultural animals and commercial livestock do not receive enough salt from foraging and other feeds and for that reason it is necessary to supplement their diet with salt. Interestingly tests show that animals have a natural finite appetite for salt meaning they eat only what they need.