Sir;Yet again I feel obliged to respond to the misleading claim from the Salt Manufacturers Association that the FSA's advice on salt intake 'is at odds with not just the SMA but with a number of independent experts' (Letters, The Grocer, 16 September, p28).

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) is an independent body, made up of experts from a range of scientific fields.

Their conclusions in the Salt and Health report were based on an assessment of more than 200 scientific papers.

The SMA has a vested interest in this issue, as is evident in its misleading assessment of the Cochrane Review (Hooper et al 2004) which looked at the long-term effects of advice to reduce dietary salt.

All FSA advice is based on robust scientific evidence and the link between salt consumption and blood pressure is very clear.