Sugar Tax triggers a 5,500 tonne reduction in consumption

sugarThe government’s push to decrease sugar, fat and salt in our diets has gotten off to a promising beginning with a decrease in 5,500 tonnes of sugar absorbed 2017 than during the prior calendar year.

A fall in consumption of carbonated beverages and also the imposition of a particular ‘sugar tax’ have helped decrease the tonnage consumed.

The Ministry of Health is working together with the food sector to reformulate foods like cereals and French chips to decrease sugar, salt and fat.

If there was a salt tax, voted down from MPs, this might increase $30 million annually for health promotion. Fernando Araújo stated he was worried the vote was against the salt as “The goal was not to raise money, but to push the industry to reformulate its products,” and use less salt.

The government is planning to observe reductions in sugar, fats and salt, particularly ‘transfats’ used in margarine, snack foods and packaged baked products. “Foods such as cereals, soft drinks, crisps, instant soups, biscuits, yogurts, chocolate milk and baked products will have to be reformulated following this agreement,” clarified Araújo.

The idea would be to “reach agreements” and to not impose more taxes but Fernando Araújo implies that if the decrease in sugar and salt isn’t attained voluntarily by the business, “there are other instruments,” available which will attain the very same outcomes.