Food strategy calls for tax on sugar and salt and for GPs to prescribe fruit and vegetablesBMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1807 (Published 15 July 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1807
- Gareth Iacobucci
- The BMJ
The government should introduce a £3bn (€3.5bn; $4.2bn) tax on sugar and salt and encourage doctors to prescribe fruit and vegetables as part of a package of reforms to make England a healthier nation, an independent review1 has said.
The National Food Strategy, led by businessman Henry Dimbleby, urges the government to introduce a “world first” £3 a kg tax on sugar and a £6 a kg tax on salt sold for use in processed foods, restaurants, and catering businesses. This would raise up to £3.4bn a year, some of which could be used to extend the provision of free school meals and support …