Saturday, October 1, 2011

Denmark's Fat Tax

Denmark's citizens over the past week have hoarded butter, pizza, meat and milk to avoid the immediate price increases. (fat tax)

Yes, Denmark has imposed a fat tax trying to control what people are eating, dictating the population's intake of fatty foods, becoming the first country to do so.

The new tax will be levied on all products that include saturated fats - from butter and milk to pizzas, oils, meats and pre-cooked foods.
The measure, designed by the outgoing government will add 16 kroner [$2.87] per kg of saturated fats in a product.

Consumers over the past week hoarded butter, meat and milk to avoid the immediate price increase.

But many don't actually believe the tax will make that much difference. People will buy and eat what they want to buy and eat.they will buy it.

Bureaucratic nightmare is the term often heard when referring to the new costing system.
"The way that this has been put together is an administrative nightmare, and I doubt whether it will give better health. It's more just a tax," Gitte Hestehave, DI food spokeswoman said.

"As far as we have been able to determine, Denmark is the first country in the world to introduce a fat tax, but we know that other countries are following us closely and have their own plans," she said.

Some experts, however, say that the new Danish tax may not last long.

Jeppe Rosenmejer, an EU legal expert of the Danish Federation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, said,"Hopefully the tax will be short-lived."

And the rest of us hope we never see it.