David Cameron wants to look at imposing a ‘fat tax’ in a bid to tackle Britain’s obesity timebomb.
The Prime Minister revealed he was looking at following the example of Denmark, which has imposed a surcharge on foods that contain more than 2.3 per cent saturated fat. The tax – being considered at a time of rampant food price inflation – could see 25p added to the price of a pack of butter, and 8p on to the cost of a packet of crisps. Although no details have been worked out, the levy would target high-fat products such as butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed food.
As some readers know, I am vegan so NONE of this affects me personally. But even the most economically illiterate out there must work out what it will do to food manufacturers, to inflation, to our economy.