Wednesday August 12, 2020

Sugar tax would be all cost, no benefit, soft drinks lobby group says

A 10 cent sugar tax would add €60 to the average households' annual grocery bill

8th August, 2016
A 10 cent sugar tax on a can of soft drink would add 60 to the average annual grocery bill, the IBC says Pic: Pixabay

A sugar tax would have significant economic costs while delivering no health dividend, the Irish Beverage Council, which represents the soft drinks industry, has said.

“Industry has a crucial role to play in tackling the serious obesity problem in Ireland. However, it is vital that the focus is on interventions that make a genuine and sustained positive impact," IBC director Kevin McPartlan said. "A sugar tax may be populist but it is simply not supported...

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