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Restaurants 'must stop dragging their heels on salt reduction'

Restaurants and pubs have been urged to stop "dragging their heels" and sign up to salt reduction targets. Councils said just one restaurant group and one fast food chain had committed to the scheme since its launch five months ago.

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Excessive salt consumption 'a major killer'

Excessive salt consumption is a "major killer" and not enough is being done to tackle the problem, a senior local government official has said.

A new report from the Local Government Association accuses restaurants and pubs of "dragging their heels" on signing up to reducing the amount of salt in their meals.

Fish and chips were among the foods cited as containing too much salt. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Councillor Katie Hall, chairwoman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, said: "The recommended daily target is 6g of salt per person - yet one pub or restaurant meal can take you well over this.

She said the industry was "lagging a long way behind" and needed to "get on board and commit swiftly" to tackle the problem.

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