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This site provides an information resource on food and drink taxation. It is designed to be a one-stop destination for those looking for factual information on the impact of food and drink taxes on populations and economies. The site is sponsored by UNESDA, representing the non-alcoholic beverages industry in Europe.

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19.04.2018

“There is little evidence to demonstrate that a tax on soft drinks actually tackles obesity”, experts say

While the UK is implementing its tax on soft drinks, experts provide their insights on the broader context and trends on sugar reduction in the UK. Anna Masing, from Stylus, underlines that we are......

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07.02.2018

Lithuanian government opts for reformulation rather than taxation

At the end of January 2018, the Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga announced the country would not introduce a tax on sugar but will work with food producers to reduce sugar, salt and fat thr......

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06.02.2018

New Zealand Health Ministry reports finds that evidence of sugar taxes improving health is weak

On 30 January 2018, a report from Peter Wilson and Sarah Hogan, commissioned by the Ministry of Health of New Zealand to review the evidence around the efficiency of sugar taxes. It concluded that evi......

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24.01.2018

2018 JAMA issue on obesity calls for “reimagining” health prevention policies

Lasts week, the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), published a dedicated issue on obesity: it includes a broad range of articles including taxing sugar sweetened beverages. In the lead......

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What else can governments do?

Governments could create solid initiatives to educate people on how to eat a balanced diet and lead healthy, active lifestyles.  Instead of taxing people, governments should support them in adopting good habits by teaching them about balanced nutrition.