Denmark ‘Fat Tax’ Starts Saturday

Denmark is moving ahead with a tax on products that make people fat. Denmark already has the lost percentage of obese people in Europe and even they are concerned with the increasing girth of their people. This new ‘fat tax’ will hopefully keep the country’s slim people slim and inspire other countries to institute a similar tax.

Starting from this Saturday, Danes will pay an extra 30p on each pack of butter, 8p on a pack of crisps, and an extra 13p on a pound of mince, as a result of the tax.
The tax is expected to raise about 2.2bn Danish Krone (£140m), and cut consumption of saturated fat by close to 10pc, and butter consumption by 15pc.
“It’s the first ever fat-tax,” said Mike Rayner, Director of Oxford University’s Health Promotion Research Group, who has long campaigned for taxes on unhealthy foods.
“It’s very interesting. We haven’t had any practical examples before. Now we will be able to see the effects for real.” The tax will be levied at 2.5 per Kg of saturated fat and will be levied at the point of sale from wholesalers to retailers.

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3 thoughts on “Denmark ‘Fat Tax’ Starts Saturday

  1. If only we had that here in Ontario!
    The HST explicitly excludes fast food under $5 while being applied to fruits and vegetables in grocery- and corner-stores.

  2. Wayne Roberts wrote quite a bit about the hidden subsidies for fast ‘food’ in NOW magazine in the lead up.

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