No sugar tax in Netherlands: Health Minister

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The Netherlands plans not to introduce a sugar tax. The health minister Paul Blokhuis has told this to MPs.

Blokhuis told MPs that as many as 43 countries worldwide including 22 from EU have introduced some kind of tax on sugar and he was told to introduce the same in the country. However, while a comparison of the way the tax on sugary drinks is working in France, Norway and the UK show some positive benefits, the long term effect cannot yet be proved because the tax has not been implemented for long enough. Sugar is not the only cause of being overweighed.

Many countries, like the United Kingdom, Thailand, France, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, and as well some US states, have introduced a tax on sugary drinks over the past few years.

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