21 Nov '11, 11am

No tax on unhealthy food for now: Amy Khor

No tax on unhealthy food for now: Amy Khor

The Health Ministry has explored the idea of levying higher taxes on food that is high in sugar and saturated fats, but it has no plans to implement this for now, said Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor. -- ST PHOTO: YEN MENG JIIN By Tessa Wong The Health Ministry has explored the idea of levying higher taxes on food that is high in sugar and saturated fats, but it has no plans to implement this for now, said Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor on Monday. She was replying to a question by Dr Chia Shi-Lu, Member of Parliament, Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency, on whether the Government would consider a junk food tax. In her response, Dr Khor said that other countries like the United States, Denmark, France and Canada have introduced taxes on sugared drinks. Last month, Denmark became the first country to introduce a tax on foods that are high in sa...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/Parliament/Story/STIStory_736...

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