Update: After abolishing world's first food fat tax, Denmark moves to abolish tax on softdrinks and beer

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    Oct 03, 2011 3:03 PM GMT
    Seems a bit silly with the emerging research that suggests that the problem isn't fatty foods making people sick and fat but rather "salt, sugar and refined carbohydrates are more detrimental to health and should be tackled instead" as the article suggests.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15137948

    Denmark has introduced what is believed to be the world's first fat tax - a surcharge on foods that are high in saturated fat.

    Butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed food are now subject to the tax if they contain more than 2.3% saturated fat.

    Some consumers began hoarding to beat the price rise, while some producers call the tax a bureaucratic nightmare.

    Others suggest that many Danes will simply start shopping abroad.

    Danish officials say they hope the new tax will help limit the population's intake of fatty foods.

    However, some scientists think saturated fat may be the wrong target.

    They say salt, sugar and refined carbohydrates are more detrimental to health and should be tackled instead.
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    Nov 11, 2012 3:54 PM GMT
    Guess it didn't work:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20280863

    Denmark to abolish tax on high-fat foods

    The Danish government has said it intends to abolish a tax on foods which are high in saturated fats.

    The measure, introduced a little over a year ago, was believed to be the world's first so-called "fat tax".

    Foods containing more than 2.3% saturated fat - including dairy produce, meat and processed foods - were subject to the surcharge.

    But authorities said the tax had inflated food prices and put Danish jobs at risk.

    The Danish tax ministry said it was also cancelling its plans to introduce a tax on sugar, the AFP news agency reports.

    The ministry said one of the effects of the fat tax was that some Danes had begun crossing the border into Germany to stock up on food there.

    According to the Danish National Health and Medicines Authority, 47% of Danes are overweight and 13% are obese.

    The tax was introduced in October 2011, in an attempt to limit the population's intake of fatty foods.

    The measure added 16 kroner ($2.70; £1.50) per kilo (2.2lbs) of saturated fats in a product, increasing the price of a 250g pack of butter by 2.20 kroner.

    The decision to get rid of the tax was agreed as part of the centre-left minority government's budget negotiations.

    Several supermarkets have reportedly said they will reduce their prices once the tax is abolished.
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    Nov 11, 2012 3:57 PM GMT
    I really admire Denmark and a number of the policies, rules, and social programs they've implemented in the past 50-75 years. They tried and it didn't work and it's admirable to see government "admitting" their mistake.
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    Nov 13, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
    More here:
    http://www.freakonomics.com/2012/11/13/fans-of-a-fat-tax-will-be-saddened-by-the-news-from-denmark/
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    Apr 29, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/denmark-to-repeal-tax-on-soda-and-beer-to-limit-cross-border-shopping-a-895857.html

    High value-added taxes and easy border access have long drawn Danish consumers to German grocery stores. Now, the government in Copenhagen hopes that repealing a tax on soft drinks and beer will reduce cross-border shopping and boost the domestic economy.


    More here:
    http://motorcitytimes.com/mct/2013/04/denmark-repeals-fat-beer-soda-taxes/