World’s first “Fat Tax” imposed in Denmark

According to Danish official news, Denmark on Saturday became the first country in the world to impose a fat tax after a week in which consumers hoarded butter, pizza, meat and milk to avoid the immediate effects. “We have had to stock up with tonnes of butter and margarine in order to be able to supply outlets,” Soeren Joergensen of Arla Distribution said.

The new tax, designed by Denmark’s outgoing government as a health issue to limit the population’s intake of fatty foods, will add $2.87 per kilo of saturated fats in a product. This means an increase in the price of a pack of 250gms of butter, for example, by $2.20.

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