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Sixty seconds on . . . meat tax

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 12 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4769
  1. Greta McLachlan
  1. BMJ

Another day, another tax, right?

Well, not exactly. While the media may be calling this a “meat tax,” there’s no government policy on taxing meat . . . yet.

So people are hamming up the story?

The stories relate to a paper in PLOS One that reported the optimal level of taxation needed, in 149 world regions, to offset the theoretical healthcare costs of eating red meat and processed meat.1

Was this idea plucked from thin air?

No. In 2015, the World …

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