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Soft drinks industry accuses doctors of having financial interest in pushing for sugar tax

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 15 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6779
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The head of the association representing soft drinks manufacturers in the United Kingdom has accused organisations representing medical practitioners and nutritionists of pushing for a sugar tax because of a vested financial interest in raising funds to support a publicly funded health service.

In July the BMA called for a 20% tax to be levied on sugary drinks and for the proceeds to subsidise the sale of fruit and vegetables in the UK.1 Public Health England and the House of Commons health select committee also support a sugar tax of at least 20% as part of a range of measures to reduce the amount of free sugar (sugar added to food products …

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