Kerala becomes first Indian state to introduce 'fat tax' on junk food
Kerala has introduced a ‘fat tax’ on the consumption of junk food items like pizzas and burgers sold through branded restaurants
While all parents try to keep our kids off junk food as much as we can, the truth is that give in to the pressure as the children want to have it almost all the time. But, this is one move that would perhaps deter many parents from ordering junk food for their kids from now on.
In a first-of-its-kind move in the country, Kerala has introduced a ‘fat tax’ on the consumption of junk food items like pizzas and burgers sold through branded restaurants, says a news report.
The newly-elected LDF government imposed 14.5% tax on branded restaurants selling items such as tacos, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches which are so popular amongst kids today.
The announcement was made by state finance minister Thomas Isaac as a part of the newly-elected LDF government’s first State Budget presentation after being elected to power.
International fast food chains such as McDonalds, Pizza Hut will surely be hit by the new tax imposition.
Meanwhile, the state government has also made consumption of ready-to-eat chapatis dearer with the introduction of 5% tax on wheat products in packets.
Along with this, 5% tax has been imposed on packaged basmati rice and coconut oil. Disposable glasses made out of plastic are set to be taxed at a whopping 20%.
The introduction of fat tax, as a measure to curb the consumption of junk food among people, has been a matter of global debate. Some countries like Denmark and Hungary even implemented it. Denmark, however, scrapped it later.
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