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UK government rules out a “sugar tax”

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 23 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4216
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London, UK

The Department of Health has ruled out introducing a “sugar tax” despite calls to do so by a campaign group trying to curb childhood obesity in the UK.

Action on Sugar said measures were needed to “change the food environment” as one in five 10-11 year olds was now obese and one in three was overweight.

Its seven point plan, submitted to health secretary Jeremy Hunt, recommended reducing added sugars in food by 40% …

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