Denmark introduces world's first food fat tax

 
butter Some scientists think saturated fat may be the wrong target

Denmark has introduced what is believed to be the world's first fat tax - a surcharge on foods that are high in saturated fat.

Butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed food are now subject to the tax if they contain more than 2.3% saturated fat.

Some consumers began hoarding to beat the price rise, while some producers call the tax a bureaucratic nightmare.

Others suggest that many Danes will simply start shopping abroad.

Danish officials say they hope the new tax will help limit the population's intake of fatty foods.

However, some scientists think saturated fat may be the wrong target.

They say salt, sugar and refined carbohydrates are more detrimental to health and should be tackled instead.

 

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    Comment number 161.

    All very well and I'm sure the benefits from this will be well spent and not frittered away on politician's salaries and expenses. Bit of a random target though isn't it ? I agree with Phil - "a huge and strange impingement on choice and freedom". Meanwhle the politicians will be sucking on their fat cigars and drinking their after dinner spirits with no thought for the cost (to the tax payer).

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    Comment number 160.

    "Cathedral City Matured Sliced 160G £1.69
    Cathedral City Matured Lighter Sliced 160G £1.84"

    That's because cheese (and particularly cheddar) is naturally high in fat and extra effort has to be made to reduce the fat content whilst still creating a cheese of comparable quality. I suggest you switch to edam, cheaper and lower in fat.

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    Comment number 159.

    Hear hear number 73. Buy british butter and bacon. I despair of our supermarkets full of cheap poor quality danish and dutch bacon. And why lurpak? Support your own country. Don't get me started on nz lamb!!!

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    Comment number 158.

    The problem with blanket taxes like this is that you affect the poor much more than you do the better off. Furthermore where do you stop? Salt next? You will end up taxing everything.

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    Comment number 157.

    This is just another symptom of a nanny state attempting to brain wash and control the population into being compliant and subjugated,and make money out of it at the same time. When will they allow the public to have the freedom to do whatever they want, with the proviso that it does'nt affect anybody else.

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    Comment number 156.

    Why not just ban them? or in the case of Denmark export it.

    I hope they understand our support if we tax their food imports 100%.

    Not eating the bits considered bad for you creates a lot of waste, soon will be something else to tax.

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    Comment number 155.

    Typical manifestation of Corporate Nazi Ideology !

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    Comment number 154.

    I suppose margarine is not taxed but this is pure poison! Sounds like the Danish MPs need to go back uinversity and take a nutrient course. Nanny State for the stupid!

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    Comment number 153.

    Sick of smug A@@holes who think fat makes you fat. Sick of smug, ignorant people who think obese people are obese because they eat too much.Problems with hormones are just one of many medical issues ignored by many people who prefer to read sheeplike media news. Quit pandering to government agendas & do not vote for any food taxes. Make healthy food cheaper.

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    Comment number 152.

    In the UK I have noticed that healthier options are more expensive, one example is in cheese.

    Cathedral City Matured Sliced 160G £1.69
    Cathedral City Matured Lighter Sliced 160G £1.84

    It should be the lighter version to be the cheapest.

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    Comment number 151.

    Amazing what the gov't comes up with to grab more taxes and at the same time, professing to save us from ourselves. Fat....tax the 'fat' cats!!

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    Comment number 150.

    I too doubt that this tax will have any significant influence on obesity and health. It really is a matter of lifestyle and things in moderation, which I often struggle with.
    A radical idea
    Make exercise classes accesible to all, and then give tax or benefits breaks to those who are signed off for being involved.
    Feeling and being fitter tends to create an attitude for eating healthier food.

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    Comment number 149.

    Excellent idea - tax the bad stuff and pass on the revenue to the NHS!!
    Oh - but we don't support hypothecation, shame.

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    Comment number 148.

    Of course the Danish government has every right to solicit, entreat, and persuade the public about food choices they feel are bad. But use of taxes to effectively ban foods from certain sections of the public is a huge excercise in control freakery. They should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves and stop this nonsense immediately. Is it true they have even banned Marmite?? What complete nonsense!

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    Comment number 147.

    When will Governments understand we want them to collect the rubbish, keep the streets clean, lock away criminals, etc., etc... we don't need "behaviour modification" a la Lenin, Hitler, Mao...

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    Comment number 146.

    Like green taxes, this another cost to the (Danish) public based on a scientific idea that is in question. What if the idea turns out to be wrong? Do they get a refund? And damages for wrong advice? Or is it, like our green taxes, simply a way for politicians to pretend they are doing something and grab a bit more cash from taxpayers?

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    Comment number 145.

    Jim B, I understand your point on not focusing on a fat tax but we already have a sugar tax in place here in DK. This new fat tax is just the natural next step, really.

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    Comment number 144.

    All this is just another way of making money "legally",by the government!

    If "taxing" really does help decrease the number of fatty foods, then why can't people raise the tax on "drugs"...?! You don't hear or see any drug addicts stop buying drugs,simply because the price has gone up do you!

    If people will think for a moment,they would know it doesn't make a difference people will still buy!

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    Comment number 143.

    @12.Bauer
    The problem is that eating healthily costs a LOT more.

    Well it doesn't in Denmark anymore

    & It doesn't here either actually, its just not as much fun

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    Comment number 142.

    as a smoker I accept paying the high tax rate to counteract (and then some!) the cost to the NHS as it is after all my choice, but I'm otherwise fit, healthy and not at all overweight so why should I pay more for my moderated intake of 'bad' foods?? Also agree with Jim B - If low fat diets work why are more people getting fatter?

 

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