The UK government has unveiled a new salt strategy that aims to reduce the amount of salt people consume.

Announcing the strategy, the food network element of the Responsibility Deal said it was taking a “holistic approach” to salt reduction, encouraging co-operation from the food industry, health organisations and the wider public.

The network said it is also revising 2012 salt targets that stretch across over 80 categories by the end of the year.

Commenting on the news, public health minister Anna Soubry emphasised the progress that has been made on salt reduction. “Today our typical shopping basket contains much less salt than it did 10 years ago,” she acknowledged.

Soubry added: “Through the Responsibility Deal, we are working with the food industry to make sure people are given healthier options with less salt in their favourite foods. The voluntary approach is working and we have already seen results in our everyday foods, but to get the greatest impact, we need more companies pledging to reduce salt levels.”