UK government responds to Jamie Oliver’s petition saying that it has “no plans to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages”

UK government responds to Jamie Oliver’s petition saying that it has “no plans to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages”

On Monday 21 September 2015, the UK government has responded to the petition launched by the well-known chef Jamie Oliver, who is campaigning for the introduction of a ‘soda tax’ as a solution for the problem of obesity. In its response, the government states that is not willing to introduce taxes that will increase “the cost of living” and negatively affect “UK productivity and economic growth”. The response also stresses that “the causes of obesity are complex” and “will require a broad and comprehensive approach” and therefore the administration is developing a strategy on childhood obesity that will take into account all of these factors.

The full statement by the UK Government can be found here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/106651.

 

 

 

Danish u-turn increasingly likely

Danish u-turn increasingly likely

This article published in Dutch agricultural trade magazine BOERENBUSINESS reviews the increasing possibility of a u-turn on the Danish tax on saturated fat.

The article reports that proposals to remove the fat tax and cancel the introduction of a similar tax on beverages and foods with high sugar content are now included in the provisional budget programme for Denmark. The reasons given for the failure of the fat tax are not related to any impact on health, but because of the economic consequences on producers and retailers as Danish consumer crossed the border to Germany to shop.

The article says that subsidy for healthy products could help, rather than taxing ‘unhealthy’ products – but defining what is healthy and unhealthy is a debate in itself!

You can read the full article here.