New Zealand rules out tax on sugary drinks

The New Zealand government has ruled out a tax on sugary drinks after the new research indicated a drop of 15 per cent in sales of these drinks in other countries.

The study done in dozens of countries and five US states reveal that the taxes on sugary drinks resulted in lowering the sales. Citing lack of evidence, the successive governments in New Zealand have not taken a call on the sugary tax.

Peeni Henare, Associate Health Minister of New Zealand said that the government is not considering taxing sugary drinks.

It must be noted that in many countries where sugar tax was imposed it had affected not only sales but also resulted in job lossess.


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