October 4, 2011
The government will consider introducing a “fat tax” to tackle Britain’s growing obesity levels, the prime minister, David Cameron, has said.
Cameron said drastic action was needed to prevent health costs soaring and life expectancy falling.
Under measures introduced in Denmark recently, a surcharge is being placed on foods that contain more than 2.3% saturated fat. The levy targets high-fat products such as butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed food.
Danish consumers have criticised the move, which has left many retailers complaining of excessive bureaucracy.