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.
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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