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.