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World’s First Junk Food Law

Columbia recently passed a new law putting tax on ultra-processed foods. The ‘junk food law’, is the first of its kind in the world. It is reported that ultra-processed foods with high added sugars, salt, and saturated fats, including sausages, cereals, jellies and jams, purees, sauces, condiments and seasoning, will be taxed. 

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According to reports “an additional tax on affected foods will begin at 10% immediate-ly, rising to 15% next year and reaching 20% in 2025”. Colombia is also introducing compulsory health warnings on foods with high content of unhealthy ingredients, such as sugar or saturated fat.

What do you think, should India also introduce an additional tax on junk food?

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