Health minister examining ‘sugar tax’

Health minister examining ‘sugar tax’

Soccer cleats sale nike hypervenom cleats youth 26/09/2011 13:18:03Health Minister James Reilly has said he is examining the possibility of imposing a ‘sugar tax’ on certain foods on sale in Ireland such as soft drinks.

Minister Reilly said he has been looking at similar models introduced in New York and in France, with the aim of reducing our intake of sugar in the hope of stopping the epidemic of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

However, there are concerns that a sugar tax will disproportionately hit those with low incomes, given that such processed foods are cheaper than healthier options.

Minister Reilly however said he believes the high sugar intake in Ireland must be tackled, and he has warned the food industry that self regulation as it stands will not be tolerated.

“I’d invite the food and beverage industry to come and talk to my department as soon as possible, he said.

“I deplore the current methodology (of industry selfregulation), he added.

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