Denmark scraps fat tax after it emerges people were travelling across the border in search of cheaper unhealthy snacks

// World | Denmark scraps fat tax after it emerges people were travelling across the border in search of cheaper unhealthy snacks
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
  • The tax was approved by a large majority in a parliament in 2011 as a move to help increase the average life expectancy of Danes
  • Believed to be the world's first so-called 'fat tax'
  • One of the effects of the fat tax was that some Danes had begun crossing the border into Germany to stock up on food there

By Jill Reilly

PUBLISHED: 11:16 EST, 12 November 2012 | UPDATED: 11:48 EST, 12 November 2012

Denmark is scrapping its tax on foods that are high in saturated fat after it emerged people were travelling across the border to Germany in search of unhealthy snacks for less.

Believed to be the world's first so-called 'fat tax, the levy was introduced in October 2011 in an attempt to limit the population's intake of fatty foods.

Foods containing more than 2.3 per cent saturated fat were subject to the surcharge, including dairy produce, meat and processed foods.

Free to eat fat: Denmark is scrapping its tax on fatty food after it emerged people were travelling across the border to buy unhealthy snacks for less. The Danish tax ministry said it was also cancelling its plans to introduce a tax on sugar

HOW MUCH DID IT ADD TO BILLS?

The measure added 16 kroner ($2.70; £1.50) per kg (2.2lb) of saturated fats in a product.

This increased the price of a 250g pack of butter by 2.20 kroner.

Ole Linnet Juul, food director at Denmark's Confederation of Industries, announced at the time the tax would increase the price of a burger by around nine pence (14 cents).

The price of a small package of butter increased by around 25 pence (40 cents).

But the Danish tax ministry said one of the effects of the fat tax was that some Danes had begun crossing the border into Germany to stock up on food there, reported the Washington Post. 

The tax was approved by a large majority in a parliament in 2011 as a move to help increase the average life expectancy of Danes.

But little than a year later it is being scrapped as authorities say it has inflated food prices.

Authorities have now said that the tax has had adverse effects on the economy, inflating food charges and putting Danish jobs at risk.

The Danish Food Workers Union recently said that the levy had led to a loss of 1,300 retail and manufacturing jobs there.

The ministry said it was also cancelling its plans to introduce a tax on sugar. 

According to the Danish National Health and Medicines Authority, 47 percent of Danes are overweight and 13 percent are obese.

Once the tax is scrapped several supermarkets have reportedly said they will reduce their prices.

Denmark, like some other European countries, already had higher fees on sugar, chocolates and soft drinks.

Weighty matter: According to the Danish National Health and Medicines Authority, 47 per cent of Danes are overweight and 13 percent are obese

Weighty matter: According to the Danish National Health and Medicines Authority, 47 per cent of Danes are overweight and 13 percent are obese

At the time it was introduced the conservative Danish government planned the fat tax as part of a goal to increase the average life expectancy of Danes, currently below the OECD average at 79 years, by three years over the next 10 years.

'Higher fees on sugar, fat and tobacco is an important step on the way toward a higher average life expectancy in Denmark,' health minister Jakob Axel Nielsen said when he introduced the idea in 2009, because 'saturated fats can cause cardiovascular disease and cancer.'

At the time the tax was introduced, some scientists said that targeting fat was the wrong attack and  that salt, sugar and refined carbohydrates can be more harmful to health.

Senators in France last week called for a tax on foods containing palm oil.

The UK is weighing up introducing a fat tax and Israel is also thinking of implementing one.

Hungary implemented a tax on fatty foods, plus higher tariffs on soda and alcohol last year - the profits are ploughed into health care costs.

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

President Buhari Fires The VCs Of Universities Established By Goodluck Jonathan

President Buhari has approved the sack of the Vice Chancellors of 13 universities established by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. ‎A statement signed ... Full story

Woman Murders Twin Babies And Shares Photos On Social Media

The sort of evils being committed everyday in this world by human beings make you wonder if this world shouldn’t be already ended.    A lady ... Full story

SHOCKING!! A Prophet Told Me To Kill My Mother For Breakthrough - Murder Suspect

A middle age man Oluyinde Ibrahim who was arrested by policemen attached to the Oko- Oba Police Station at Agege area of Lagos State for ... Full story

Just In: Horrible Accident At Ketu Involving Bus And Three Other Vehicles

A ghastly motor accident involving a Tata bus and three other cars in Ketu, Lagos has left many injured in yet another early morning accident.  A ... Full story

Governor Amosun Takes Oath Of Office For 6 New Special Assistants

Barely 24 hours after swearing in 4 Special Assistants, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state has approved the appointment of another sets of 6 aides. The ...

Lagos NAMA Offices Raided By EFCC Over N5bn Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday raided the National Aviation Management Agency offices in Lagos over N5bn fraud relating to the Treasury Single ... Full story

Medical Doctor Remanded Over Alleged Fraud Of N32m

A heartless medical doctor who submitted members of a hospital staff to untold hardship by making away with over N32 million has been forced to ... Full story

Graphic Photos: Armed-Robbers Killed At Ikirun, Osun State

The gallant efforts by the combined team of policemen and vigilante group have resulted in the capture and killing of armed robbers who robbed three ... Full story

Goodluck Jonathan’s Ex Aide-De-Camp Transported N10billion In 17 Suitcases To PDP Chiefs

Detectives are questioning former President Goodluck Jonathan’s ex-Aide-De-Camp (ADC) on the disbursement of more than N10 billion oil proceeds to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nomination ...

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki’s CCT trial begins March 10

Trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on 13 counts of false assets declaration is to resume March 10 before the Code of Conduct ...

EFCC Arrests Wife of Former Airforce Chief, Lara Amosu

Wife of the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, CAS, Mrs. Lara Amosu has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ... Full story

Comment on: Denmark scraps fat tax after it emerges people were travelling across the border in search of cheaper unhealthy snacks

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

Graphics Photo: Alleged L3sbian Bites off Nollywood Actress, Princess Thigh in Hotel (Exclusive)

Popular Nollywood actress, Princess Chineke, has just been brutally attacked by an upcoming actress while on location shooting popular soap opera 'Behind The Smile.'Information disclosed ...

All For Valentine: Emem Isong Proudly Flaunts Baby Bump (Photos)

In the spirit of Valentine, Nollywood movie producer, Emem Isong and her Cameroonian husband Akama Misodi who are expecting their first child, decided to show ...

How A Female Fan Almost Undressed Singer Flavour On Stage (Photos)

Many may ask, what is in the body of popular singer, Flavour that attracts women of timber and caliber?The 'Golibe' crooner who has been romantically ...

See The Surprise Look On Iyabo Ojo's PA, As She Gets Brand New Toyota Corolla (Video + photos)

What a wonderful way to start start up Valentine's day. Delectable Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo, decided to surprise her personal assistant with a Toyota Corolla ...

I Thought I'd Be Killed If I Openly Confess Converting To Christianity - Adewale Ayuba (Video)

Only very few friends, family members and fans of popular Fuji musician, Adewale Ayuba knew that he has converted to Christianity since 2010.The ex-staunch Muslim, ...

Late Comedian, Dede OneDay Committed To Mother Earth (Photos)

The doubts of many who never believed that comedian and actor Peter Onwuzuruike Onyehidelam, popularly known as Dede One Day, died has been cleared as ...

Poor Romantic Side Of Our Stars Revealed, As They Speak To NFC On Plans For Val

Tomorrow Sunday, February 14, is a day specially set aside to celebrate Love. It's globally known as Valentine's day. On that note, Nigeriafilms.com spoke to some ...

You cannot get to tomorrow’s destination with yesterday’s people… Ben Murray Bruce lashes Pres. Buhari

Magnate and politician ,Ben Murray-Bruce, is a Nigerian business man and entertainer. He is the founder of Silverbird Group and also a senator.Born to an ...

Forget My Physical Disability, I’m a Very Romantic Man… Cobhams Asuquo

Popular Nigerian music producer and singer, Cobhams Asuquo, will always remain a toast of many each day as his magic fingers on the keyboard helps ...

Kate Henshaw is unworried about what comes her way

When one is healthy, you don’t need too much experience to sight it. Awarding winning Nollywood actress Kate Henshaw whose marriage crashed some years ago ...