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Tax on sweetened drinks again

The tax on sweetened drinks which was removed by the ‘51 day government’ will be re-imposed. The tax was originally imposed as a social health measure in response to calls by health and medical professionals and scientists for a cap on increasing sugar consumption by the population which has been linked to the dramatic rise in sugar related diseases like diabetes, kidney failure, cancers and heart disease.

 Health sector monitors have long complained of the increasing burden on the country’s free healthcare system due to the massive expansion of sugared foods with even savoury foods on the market being boosted with sugar additives as flavour enhancers.

A Health Ministry spokesman said the final decision on taxing highly sweetened drinks will be taken up at the Finance Ministry next Friday morning. The authorities are expected to approve the tax levels and the quanta of sugar in products that will be subjected to tax.

The tax will be imposed on all highly sweetened drinks except fruit juice which contains six (6) grams of sugar. The Cabinet Paper has already been presented to the Cabinet by Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, but the Finance Ministry wants two weeks to approve it, he said. “Earlier the tax on highly sweetened drinks was in place but the 51-day Government removed it. Daily only four spoons of sugar are required for a human being but sweetened drinks provide a lot more than that causing many Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cancer, kidney diseases, heart diseases and hypertension in people,” the spokesman added. The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Secretary Dr.Haritha Aluthge said that this is a very good move because when the tax was removed by the 51 day Government, the GMOA protested against it and expressed the disapproval in writing. But on the other had taxing sugary drinks alone will not help to protect people from NCDs. there is a lot more to do. On behalf of Sri Lanka Diabetes Federation (SLDF), prominent Endocrinologist and Diabetologist Dr. Noel Somasundaram said: “This is an excellent move to be made in order to protect Sri Lankans from diabetes and other NCDs”.

 


Tax on sweetened drinks again -Time-14:27

The tax on sweetened drinks which was removed by the '51 day government' will be re-imposed. The tax was originally imposed as a social health measure in response to calls by health and medical professionals and scientists for a cap on increasing sugar consumption by the population which has been linked to the dramatic rise in sugar related diseases like diabetes, kidney failure, cancers and heart disease. Health sector monitors have long complained of the increasing burden on the country’s free healthcare system due to the massive expansion of sugared foods with even savoury foods on the market being boosted with sugar additives as flavour enhancers.

A Health Ministry spokesman said the final decision on taxing highly sweetened drinks will be taken up at the Finance Ministry next Friday morning. The authorities are expected to approve the tax levels and the quanta of sugar in products that will be subjected to tax.


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