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Call made for tax on all sweets.

CAMPAIGNERS have called for a 20% sales tax on confectionery as well as a complete ban on price promotions in response to retailers making larger 'sharing packs' better value than smaller sizes.

Action on Sugar (AOS) said some chocolate confectionery sharing bags contained 29 teaspoons of sugar - four times an adult's maximum daily sugar intake.

However, more than one in five adults (22%) eat the sharing bags alone, in one go, with the figure rising to 35% among 16 to 24-yearolds, a survey for AOS found. Confectionery consumption is the second highest contributor to sugar intake in children after soft drinks.

AOS said the removal of price promotions on high sugar products could cut almost two teaspoons or 7g of sugar on average from every individual's diet per day.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 26, 2018
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