Fat tax spat out


Calum D Liddle


Chocoholics breathed a sigh of relief after doctors rejected plans for their favourite snack to be taxed in the same way as alcohol and cigarettes.


The British Medical Association (BMA) narrowly voted against the move – by just two votes – which has been condemned by huge numbers of the public, retailers and manufacturers.

Food industry leaders said such a proposal would result only in lighter wallets, not smaller waists. The Food and Drink Federation said the tax would be a “bureaucratic nightmare”.


Federation spokesman Julian Hunt said: “There is no evidence to suggest that such ‘fat taxes’ would actually work in reality.”






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