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Europe: Junk food taxes coming up?

Europe: Fighting to Outlaw Obesity With Fat Tax

A number of governments in Europe, including Romania and Denmark, are taking legislative measures to improve healthy eating.

Read more: ABC news, 12 Jan 2010

Romania becomes first country to introduce junk-food tax

A new tax on junk food products will be introduced as of March 2010 in Romania, the proceeds of which will go on health programmes, EurActiv Romania reports.

Read more: EurActive, 7 Jan 2010

Taiwan ‘considering world’s first junk food tax’

Taiwan is planning a bid on the world’s first tax on junk food, encouraging the public to eat healthily and cut obesity rates, local media report.  The Bureau of Health Promotion is drafting a bill to levy the special tax on food deemed unhealthy, such as sugary drinks, candy, cakes, fast food and alcohol.

Read more: China Post, 22 Dec 2009

Published on January 12, 2010 in International news