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DID YOU KNOW SUGAR TAX.

Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD

The UK'S new tax on sugary soft drinks came into force a few weeks ago, meaning drinks manufacturers will now pay a levy (starting at 20c per litre) on drinks sold that contain more than 5g of sugar per 100ml.

The tax, aimed at tackling childhood obesity, was announced by George Osborne in 2016. The Treasury estimates it will raise [euro]272million per year to be spent on school sports and breakfast clubs. An estimated 50% of manufacturers have already cut the sugar content of their products to avoid the levy, though in many cases sugar has been replaced by the use of artificial sweeteners.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 15, 2018
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