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Denmark introduces the world’s first “fat tax” on foods with saturated fats

Lots of us know that fats are not all bad. In fact the right kind of fats are absolutely essential for health. Thus this Danish idea of taxing fat as if it was all bad for you is clearly wrongheaded on at least two counts, the second being the presumption that the nanny state knows better — they don’t — and is therefore somehow justified in telling people what to eat.

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From BBC News Europe:

“Denmark has introduced what is believed to be the world’s first fat tax – a surcharge on foods that are high in saturated fat.

Butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed food are now subject to the tax if they contain more than 2.3% saturated fat.

Some consumers began hoarding to beat the price rise, while some producers call the tax a bureaucratic nightmare. Continue reading

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