Sugar Tax: A bitter debate

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Johannesburg - Members of Parliament (MPs) this week gave short shrift to the sugar industry’s resistance to the proposed 20% sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) tax.

This comes amid an avalanche of public health statistics, presented by civil society and academic institutions supporting the tax at public hearings held in Parliament on Tuesday.

Members of the Standing Committee on Finance and of the Portfolio Committee on Health were bombarded with alarming figures on the obesity rate in South Africa, as well as research linking the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – such as diabetes and heart disease – with sugar intake.

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