Salt and sugar tax could be introduced in England

The world’s first salt and sugar tax could be introduced in England as part of the government’s National Food Strategy to encourage healthy eating. GPs could also be allowed to prescribe fruit and vegetables as part of the proposals. The plan calls for a tax of £3 per kilogram of each condiment sold to food companies and restaurants. This is first major review of the food sector in England in over 70 years and follows calls from health care professionals to address poor diets. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson is opposed of the idea of increasing taxes. The proposals has been welcomed by members of the public. Poor diets contribute to 64,000 deaths a year in England alone and costs the economy £74 billion according to the report. Ministers have promised to respond with proposals within six months.

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