New Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been urged to begin unravelling the Responsibility Deal and impose tough new targets for salt levels in food. According to M&C Report’s sister publications The Grocer, the Department of Health this week held a meeting of food companies, industry bodies and health groups to try to thrash out the next steps in its plans for salt reduction. In July, food companies claimed they had “reached the limits” of what was possible in salt reduction, with a string of categories seeing companies flounder in their bid to hit 2012 targets of a 15% reduction. The magazine said that health groups are calling on Hunt to ignore these concerns and impose even tougher targets if he wants to reduce UK intake to below the maximum 6g per person recommended by experts. The Grocer also learnt the groups are using the departure of Lansley, a driving force behind the Responsibility Deal, to call on the government to set its own targets rather than negotiate them with industry, starting with salt, with alcohol and fat also on the hit list.