According to the Health Minister Laurette Onkelinx, there is no evidence that taxation has any impact on the consumption of soft drinks. For several months Health Minister Laurette Onkelinx has studied the possibilities of imposing a soda tax in Belgium. With the proceeds of the tax, Onkelix was planning to finance health campaigns targeted at improving people’s diets.
However, after consultation with the food industry Onkelinx has decided that the soda tax is not forthcoming. “We prefer a different approach, which we encourage producers to use less sugar. Because it is proven that a soda tax is not effective, “said Katleen Sottiaux, the spokeswoman Onkelinx in the Flemish newspaper De Tijd.
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