The saltiest Chinese dish from a supermarket was Slimming World's Chinese Style Banquet Rice with 4.40g salt per 550g pack - more salt than two store-bought Pizza Express Margherita Pizzas, while Marks & Spencer's Crispy Sweet and Sour Chicken Banquet has 4.13g salt per 500g pack, providing over two thirds of an adult's maximum daily intake - the same as more than three McDonald's hamburgers.
When served with egg fried rice, which also contains up to five grams of salt per portion, the total salt content rises to 11.5g, or twice the recommended daily limit.
The saltiest Chinese dish found at United Kingdom supermarkets was Slimming World's Chinese Style Banquet Rice, which contained 4.4g of salt per pack.
CHINESE meals should have health warnings due to their high levels of salt, say experts. Soy sauces were by far the saltiest - on average being over five times saltier than seawater, with sides and dipping sauces in some cases adding almost 4g of salt per person to a meal.
Action on Salt also examined the salt content of Chinese ready meals from popular supermarkets and found that some dishes had more than 4g of salt per pack. "If the food industry don't comply, they should be made mandatory".
Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London and Chairman of Action on Salt, said reducing salt is the most cost-effective method of cutting deaths from strokes or heart disease annually.
Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: "Our salt consumption has decreased over the last decade - a loaf of bread has 40 per cent less than it used to. We'll report on their progress this year and on any necessary advice to Government on the next steps".
It said: 'Salt is the forgotten killer as it puts up our blood pressure, leading to tens of thousands of strokes, heart failure and heart attacks every year'. "We are now calling on Public Health England to take immediate action".