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|Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:35 am Post subject: Tax On Sugar Goes Live?
|Well to follow up on tax on crisps and fatty foods we have Sugar Tax, as discussed now imposed! What better way to force Aspartame?Sucralose http://www.medicinenet.com/artificial_sweeteners/page9.htm etc on the public?
FIZZY DRINKS SET FOR SUGAR TAX?
FIZZY drinks including Irn-Bru and Coca-Cola could be hit by a controversial new ‘sugar tax’ to help cure Scotland’s obesity epidemic and plug the hole in the nation’s finances.
Ministers have been urged to follow measures being introduced in France that will quadruple VAT on soft drinks to ease the strain on the French health care system.
From January 1 tax on drinks with added sugar in France will rise from 5.5 per cent to 19.6 per cent, a move that will generate an additional 120million euros for the French treasury.
Similar proposals are being examined in the US where some states believe they can raise at least £1billion a year.
Now Shadow Public Health Minister Richard Simpson has tabled a motion at Holyrood urging the Scottish Government to “consider giving local authorities power to introduce a tax on sugary drinks”. He says Scotland consumes 20 per cent more fizzy drinks than England and insists the money raised could be used to “improve school diets and support community-based nutritional improvement initiatives”.
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Hmm from the list above, without spelling it out, it looks like sugar is added to me see
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MAY 12, 2009
Senate leaders are considering new federal taxes on soda and other sugary drinks to help pay for an overhaul of the nation's health-care system.
|Coke in French ‘sugar’ tax row U-turn
By James Boxell in Paris and Alan Rappeport in New York
Coca-Cola has become embroiled in a dispute with the French government over a new tax on fizzy drinks, leading the company to threaten to cut its investment in the country, before making an abrupt U-turn after drawing criticism.
In the latest outbreak of hostilities in the long-running Franco-US culture wars, the US drinks maker’s bottling affiliate said early on Thursday in a statement that it had suspended €17m ($24m) of investment in its historic Pennes-Mirabeau plant near Marseilles. The move was in retaliation for measures in the French prime minister’s austerity budget, which target “sugary beverages” for extra revenues.
|Britvic's CEO, Paul Moody, has said that he does not expect a tax on added sugar soft drinks in France to be replicated in the UK.
Speaking to analysts today (30 November), Moody said that, although he cannot be certain that a sugar tax on soft drinks will be avoided, the move looks unlikely. His comments on the company's full-year results call follow news that France will introduce such a tax, in part to help combat obesity.
"Comfortably, around 60% to 70% of all UK soft drinks volume now is no-added sugar," said Moody. "Therefore, if one believes that the sugar tax is being levied to combat the growing threat of obesity, then I think from a GB perspective, the Government is reassured by actions the industry has taken."
|Fatty foods tax 'may save lives'
A "fat tax" on unhealthy foods could prevent more than 3,000 deaths from heart attack and stroke every year in the UK, experts have said.
Some researchers are in favour of such a tax while others would prefer to see healthy foods subsidised instead.
In 2004, then prime minister Tony Blair rejected the idea for a tax on fatty foods such as cakes and biscuits, saying it would make Britain too much like a "nanny state".
The new study involved testing different economic models to work out how a fat tax may affect people's buying habits.
Three different approaches were tried out, with the first involving a tax on foods with high levels of saturated fats, such as whole butter, cheese, cakes and pastries and puddings.
The second was to apply a tax to foods with a high "unhealthiness score" - known as the SSCg3d score. For example, spinach scored -12, while chocolate digestive biscuits scored +29.
The third approach was to introduce a tax on a wider range of products with the aim of cutting the intake of fat, salt and sugar.
The third approach was found to be the most effective in reducing the number of deaths, preventing up to 3,200 deaths from heart disease and stroke every year, equivalent to a drop of 1.7% across the nation.
Food expenditure would go up by 4.6% or 67p per week, or around £2 billion annually across the UK.
The research was led by Dr Oliver Mytton at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham and published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
In the 15th century AD, European sugar was refined in Venice, confirmation that even then when quantities were small, it was difficult to transport sugar as a food grade product. In the same century, Columbus sailed to the Americas, the "New World". It is recorded that in 1493 he took sugar cane plants to grow in the Caribbean. The climate there was so advantageous for the growth of the cane that an industry was quickly established.
By 1750 there were 120 sugar refineries operating in Britain. Their combined output was only 30,000 tons per annum. At this stage sugar was still a luxury and vast profits were made to the extent that sugar was called "white gold". Governments recognised the vast profits to be made from sugar and taxed it highly. In Britain for instance, sugar tax in 1781 totalled £326,000, a figure that had grown by 1815 to £3,000,000. This situation was to stay until 1874 when the British government, under Prime Minister Gladstone, abolished the tax and brought sugar prices within the means of the ordinary citizen.
Sugar beet was first identified as a source of sugar in 1747. No doubt the vested interests in the cane sugar plantations made sure that it stayed as no more than a curiosity, a situation that prevailed until the Napoleonic wars at the start of the 19th century when Britain blockaded sugar imports to continental Europe. By 1880 sugar beet had replaced sugar cane as the main source of sugar on continental Europe. Those same vested interests probably delayed the introduction of beet sugar to England until the First World War when Britain's sugar imports were threatened.
Today's modern sugar industry is still beset with government interference at many levels and throughout the world. The overall pattern can be seen by investigating the mid 1990s' position in the interactive map on the Introduction page. Annual consumption is now running at about 120 million tons and is expanding at a rate of about 2 million tons per annum. The European Union, Brazil and India are the top three producers and together account for some 40% of the annual production. However most sugar is consumed within the country of production and only approximately 25% is traded internationally.
One of the most important examples of governmental actions is within the European Union where sugar prices are so heavily subsidised that over 5 million tons of white beet sugar have to be exported annually and yet a million tons of raw cane sugar are imported from former colonies. This latter activity is a form of overseas aid which is also practised by the USA. The EU's over-production and subsequent dumping has now been subjected to GATT requirements which should see a substantial cut-back in production over the next few years.
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