Boris Johnson’s food tsar to recommend SIX per cent tax on salty foods in bid to get Brits healthy
The Sun says: BORIS Johnson’s food tsar is to recommend a tax on salty foods, The Sun can reveal.
Millionaire Leon founder Henry Dimbleby will put the new levy front and centre of his government review into getting Brits to eat healthier.
Sources familiar with drafts of the upcoming National Food Strategy say it suggests a tax of SIX per cent on high-salt content foods.
That could see the price of a McDonald’s Big Mac soar by 20p and push a bag of Quavers to 91p.
The levy would hit processed meats like bangers and bacon particularly hard but is modelled on the sugar tax in a bid to get manufacturers to slash the amount of salt in their products.
The 18p per litre tax on sugary drinks came into force in 2018, but supporters claim it led to companies changing recipes to swerve the levy.
Mr Dimbleby has been tasked to find ways to get the nation to eat less salt, red meat, saturated fats and sugar, and more vegetables and fruit.
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