Nutritional values

Why are there no nutritional values on the packaging of Zeeland Salt?

We extract our salt from Eastern Scheldt seawater that meets our stringent quality requirements. All the water we pump and make salt from we filter through a 1 micron filter. This removes small particles such as sand, dirt and organic elements from the water. Furthermore, the water is analyzed regularly by an outside laboratory.

So of all the salt we sell, the raw material is “Eastern Scheldt water.” Our salt is regularly analyzed for the amount of the following metals and minerals: Sodium (Na), Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg), Potassium (K), Strontium (Sr), Boron (B), Bromine (Br), Sulphur (S), Lithium (Li), Beryllium (Be), Barium (Ba), Titanium (Ti), Vanadium (V), Chromium (Cr), Manganese (Mn), Iron (Fe), Cobalt (Co), Nickel (Ni), Copper (Cu), Zinc (Zn), Aluminum (Al), Silicon (Si), Arsenic (As), Antimony (Sb), Tin (Sn), Cadmium (Cd), Selenium (Se), Molybdenum (Mo), Mercury (Hg), Phosphorus (P), Phosphate (PO4), Lead (Pb), Iodine (I), Tungsten (W), Scandium (Sc), Lanthanum (La).

Because the nutritional value of salt is minimal, the European Union has decided that an exception applies to (sea) salt as far as nutrition labeling is concerned. This is stipulated in the EU 1169/2011 standard. Section B lists which products are exempt, number 5 being salt and salt substitutes.

Another question we often get is why then does Zeeuwsche Zoute not yet have an organic label. Simply because salt cannot currently be certified organic. At the European level, however, work is underway on the possibility of certifying salt as an organic product. Our salt is already being made very sustainably, though.