21 Nov '11, 9am

DTN Singapore: No \"fat tax\" for now: Dr Amy Khor: SINGAPORE: Minister of State for Health, Dr Amy Khor, said S...

DTN Singapore: No \"fat tax\" for now: Dr Amy Khor: SINGAPORE: Minister of State for Health, Dr Amy Khor, said S...

SINGAPORE: Minister of State for Health, Dr Amy Khor, said Singapore is cautious about imposing taxes on foods high in sugar and saturated fat as a means to reduce the rate of obesity. Dr Khor said for now, the Health Promotion Board is using other ways to promote healthy eating - such as working with the food industry and hawker centres to make healthier foods available and affordable. Countries like the USA, Denmark, France and Canada have introduced taxes on sugared beverages. Dr Chia Shi-Lu, MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, said: "The reason why there's been no data on this is because no country has specifically put their tax on junk foods per-se as of today, so it is just my hope that Singapore might take the lead in this respect." However, Dr Khor said there is no evidence that such taxes are effective. She said: "It is early days yet. First, there isn't yet any internation...

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