Latest developments Food


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ONGOING: The Indian state of Gujarat, as a result of the decision in Kerala, is now also considering implementing its own taxation.

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ONGOING: As of December 2018, Ministry of Health is considering measures to restrict citizens’ intake of sugar, by considering the introduction of a sugar tax.

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ADOPTED: Vending machines were banned in schools in 2005. In 2011, the government imposed a ban on ketchup in school cafeterias, whilst chips were only allowed on the menu once a week.

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ONGOING: Considering a sugar tax, health ministers were unsure it would make it through Parliament. As of April 2018, these plans are on hold in light of a voluntary reformulation plan undertaken by ten firms.

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ONGOING: In May 2017, Brazil committed to reducing the amount of salt and sugars in processed foods by 2019. In November 2018, the Brazilian Health Ministry announced a deal with 68 companies to reduce sugar levels in 1,147 products. Since then the amount of sodium in industrialized foods has dropped by approximately 17,000 tons.

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Montreal Mayor announced that her administration planned to phase out sugar drinks being sold in city buildings, arenas and pools.[284] In March 2018, following the death of a teenager, authorities in Quebec made provisions to ban the sale of high-alcohol energy and sugar drinks from small convenience stores.

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New South Wales and Tasmania phase out the sale of sugary drinks and fast junk food at health facilities.

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In December 2018, plans to restrict junk food advertising and tax sugar drinks were rejected after only two of the seven committee members supported the proposals.

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In January 2019, representatives from the Food and Drink Federation claimed that the consultation’s restrictions on the promotion of food and drinks products would be highly detrimental to Scottish small businesses. A response to the consultation has yet to be released by the Scottish Government.