The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) is asking for salt levels in foods to be labelled more clearly to help people reduce their risk of developing stomach cancer.
According to the charity, the daily recommended allowance of salt is six grams a day, but on average people are eating 8.6 grams and this is a major contributing factor to around one in seven cases of the disease in the UK.
Most of this elevated consumption is not due to added salt, but because of the high levels already contained in foods such as bacon, bread and breakfast cereals. As a result the group wants the traffic light system of labelling foods to be made compulsory.
This would mean all produce will be branded red for high, amber for medium and green for low levels of salt and other nutrients.
Kate Mendoza, head of health information at the WCRF, said that stomach cancer is difficult to treat, so this makes healthy lifestyles choices an essential part of limiting the chances that people develop the disease.