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Denmark to Abolish Fat Tax

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 11, 2012 Last Updated: November 13, 2012
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An overweight person walks on Oct. 19. (Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)

An overweight person walks on Oct. 19. (Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)

The Danish government on Saturday announced that it is getting rid of the world’s first tax on fatty foods because it cost too much and did not impact eating habits.

“The fat tax and the extension of the chocolate tax--the so-called sugar tax--has been criticized for increasing prices for consumers, increasing companies’ administrative costs, and putting Danish jobs at risk,” Denmark’s tax ministry said in a statement, according to AFP.

The ministry added that “it is believed that the fat tax has, to a lesser extent, contributed to Danes traveling across the border to make purchases.”

The fat tax, which was approved last year, was applied to foods that contain more than 2.3 percent saturated fat, according to The Metro. Processed foods, dairy, and meat were taxed.

Some supermarkets have said that after the tax is done away with, they will lower their prices on such foods.

The Danish National Health and Medicines Authority estimates that 47 percent of Danes are overweight and 13 percent are obese.

In September 2011, Hungary implemented its own fat tax to curb the rise in obesity. Hungarians now have to pay around a 5-cent tax on foods high in sugar, fat, and salt, according to Der Spiegel. “Those who live unhealthily have to contribute more,” said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the time.

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