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Food strategy calls for tax on sugar and salt and for GPs to prescribe fruit and vegetables

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 15 July 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1807

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Ultra-processing is the new frontier in public health policy—reflections on the National Food Strategy

  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 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 …

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