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Saturday 19 April 2014

Britain urged to slap tax on sugary drinks

SUGARY drinks should be subject to a new tax, which could add 20p (23c) a litre to their price, with the proceeds going towards child health, a report has urged.

The report by food and farming charity Sustain said the UK government could raise £1bn (€1.2bn) a year from a sugary drinks duty to pay for measures to encourage children to eat fruit and vegetables.

The levy would also help save lives by cutting consumption of sugar-laden drinks, said the report, which has been backed by more than 60 organisations, including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the National Heart Forum and the Royal Society for Public Health.

Diet-related illness is now costing the NHS £6bn every year, said the report.

Irish Independent

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