Leicestershire bakers have been praised for reducing the amount of salt in their bread.

A survey by Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards found that, out of nine samples taken, five bakers were already meeting the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) 2012 target of 1g of salt per 100g of bread. Of the four who were found not to be meeting the target, two have now met the target and the remaining two are on track to meet the target by 2012.

However, a nationwide project involving Trading Standards Officers to test the salt levels of bread in craft bakeries across the UK and provide advice on how to reduce salt content has been stalled.

A spokesman for Local Government Regulation (formerly LACORS) said the project which secured funding from the FSA last year had been "put on the back burner" because its services had been streamlined.