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Denmark just became the first country to impose a tax on saturated fat, hitting all foods with with a saturated fat content over 2.3 per cent, according to The Washington Post.The government is hoping the tax helps lower consumption of fatty foods in one of the premier bacon producing countries in the world.
The tax comes as a reaction to the news that Denmark’s life expectancy has fallen behind the rest of Europe.
The Danes will pay 16 kroner (about $2.80) per kilogram of saturated fat in the food. Popular foods that will see a rise in price include potato chips, butter, milk and burgers. People reportedly stocked up on their favourites before the tax went into effect.
Denmark is expected to gain $400 million a year from the tax. Health gains, however, may be limited: Studies show that even a 50 per cent tax on these foods saw very little reduction in eating saturated fat.
Similar taxes have been attempted in other developed countries with limited success. A proposed French soda tax was disrupted when Coke threatened to withhold local investments. A proposed soda tax in New York City was also blocked.
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