The Danish government has approved a tax on fatty foods, expected to raise $218 million while also helping the nation eat healthier, reports the Telegraph.
The tax is thought to be the first tax specifically targeting tax in the World.
The new tax will increase the cost of a pack of butter by 50 cents as well as increasing the costs of other foods such as chips and minced meat. The tax is aiming to reduce fat consumption by 10 per cent.
According to the Copenhagen Post, all foods with more than 2.3 per cent saturated fat will face a price hike. Fatty staples like oil and butter will face the biggest tax.
Though Denmark’s obesity rate is below the European average, it has now become the first nation to use a tax specifically for fatty foods. At the beginning of this month, Hungary imposed a similar tax on packaged food that contained an excessive level of sugar, salt, carbohydrates or caffeine.
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