Action on Sugar
HM Revenue and Customs has released a policy paper with further details on the sugar levy, due to come into effect in April 2018.
A new report from WHO says that taxing sugary drinks by at least 20 percent would proportionally reduce consumption and obesity-related diseases like diabetes and cancer.
Published this morning, the report sets out plans for a tax on soft drinks and the reduction of sugar in children’s products by 20 percent. But health campaigners say this isn’t enough.
The Food and Drink Federation has called for the levy on sugary drinks due to come into effect in 2018 to be put on hold to avoid “unwelcome additional burdens” on Britain’s food and drink industry.
The venti-sized offering has a remarkable 25 teaspoons of sugar in it. In the UK, that is three times the maximum recommended adult daily intake of sugar.
Earlier this month, Brighton & Hove City Council announced that, backed by Jamie Oliver, it would be the first British city to introduce a voluntary 10p tax on sugar-sweetened fizzy drinks.