DON’T SUGAR-COAT THE TRUTH, THIS TAX IS BAD NEWS

DON’T SUGAR-COAT THE TRUTH, THIS TAX IS BAD NEWS

April 2017

THE imposition of a tax on sugarsweetened beverages was debated at a joint meeting of parliament’s health and finance committees a week ago.

Meanwhile, the executive board of the World Health Organisation (WHO) decided not to endorse recommendations to impose a soft drinks tax on member states until a technical review of the available studies and documentation has been conducted.

Perhaps the South African proponents of a sugar tax should follow suit and use their time to learn more from real world examples. The Danish government eliminated a tax on soft drinks on January 1 2014, one year after scrapping a tax on saturated fat and a proposed tax on sugary products.

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