Denmark Taxes Fatty Foods
Denmark is issuing a new “fat tax” that will place an extra tax on fattening foods like butter and chips. It is estimated that the tax could decrease Danes’ intake of saturated fat by about 10 percent, with butter consumption decreasing by 15 percent. The tax will be assessed for every 2.5 kg of saturated fat in a product. According to Mike Rayner, Director of Oxford University’s Health Promotion Group, this is the first such tax in history.