Public Health Award for HK Ruokatalo28 November 2012
FINLAND - The Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has granted this year's public health award to pig meat processor HK Ruokatalo for the nationally significant promotion of public health.
The award was received by HKScan Group CEO Hannu Kottonen at the IX national public health event in Helsinki.
THL says that the annual award highlights national health acts or work in the promotion of Finnish public health. HK Ruokatalo Oy received the award thanks to the work it has done to reduce salt and saturated (hard) fat in its products in recent years.
"The fact that the company has changed its products in accordance with nutritional recommendations has been good for the hearts of Finns and for the entire area of public health," said Pekka Puska, Director General of THL.
"For public health, it is much more important that a major company has reduced hard fat and salt to a considerable extent in popular products that are consumed throughout Finland, than develop functional foods which are more expensive and which are only consumed by a small group. It is also important that the use of rapeseed oil has started for animal feeding, which is one of the background elements for product development."
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