"Butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed food are now subject to the tax if they contain more than 2.3% saturated fat."ABCNews:
“Higher fees on sugar, fat and tobacco is an important step on the way toward a higher average life expectancy in Denmark,” health minister Jakob Axel Nielsen said when he introduced the idea in 2009, according to The Associated Press, because “saturated fats can cause cardiovascular disease and cancer.”Saturated fats cause cancer? I'd be more inclined to believe other things in food like arsenic cause cancer. Saturated fat ... our body manufactures it.
“We get the taxes, but never a reduction on anything to complement the increases, such as on healthy foods,” said Clausen.Boy, I agree with that. If you really care about keeping your population fit, subsidize produce. Dan Flynn over at Food Safety News reports, "a Belgian lawmaker said fat taxes would not change consumer eating habits, but "only fill the treasury."
Dan Flynn at Food Safety News:
"Taxes on food are among the most regressive in that they apply to commodities that must be purchased by low-income households."That's why I'm against taxing food, any food ... soda, butter, sugar, chocolate. Soon we'll be taxing lettuce because of the health impact of consuming a food that's increasingly contaminated with toxic bacteria.