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Local sugar farmers and millers this week made their case for the proposed sugar tax to be postponed.

The main argument by the Sugar Association of SA (Sasa) is that the sugar tax plan should be put on ice, at least until a long-planned, but never executed, Total Dietary Intake Study is completed to definitively establish the role of sugary soft drinks in the national diet.

This study has apparently already been two years in the making, with industry groups and the department of health agreeing to co-fund it.

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