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October 3, 2011
Denmark passes 'fat tax'
I have no doubt that the health nazis in this country would dearly love to imitate their brethren in Denmark. AFP: The new tax, designed by Denmark?s outgoing government as a health issue to limit the population?s intake of fatty foods, will add 16 kroner ($2.87, 2.15 euros) per kilo (2.2 pounds) of saturated fats in a product. This means an increase in the price of a pack of 250 grammes of butter, for example, by 2.20 kroner to more than 18 kroner. "It has been a chaotic week with a lot of empty shelves. People have been filling their freezers," Christian Jensen of an independent local Copenhagen supermarket told AFP. "But actually I don?t think the tax will make that much difference. If people want to buy a cake, they will buy it. But right now they?re saving money," he added. The new tax will be levied on all products including saturated fats -- from butter and milk to pizzas, oils, meats and pre-cooked foods -- in a costing system that Denmark?s Confederation of Industries (DI)...(Read Full Post)