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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

‘Fat Tax’ in Denmark Is Repealed After Criticism -

Citing a harmful effect on businesses and consumer buying power, lawmakers in Denmark have repealed the so-called fat tax, which was charged on foods high in saturated fats, after just one year.

In a related decision, the Danish tax ministry said it was canceling plans for a sugar tax. “The fat tax is one of the most criticized we had in a long time,” Mette Gjerskov, minister of food, agriculture and fisheries, said on Saturday during a news conference in Copenhagen, the day the repeal was announced.


This makes me think of the Danish pastry-- you know those things with the sweet, creamy cheese in the middle of a swirly, flaky breakfast roll? God those things are good. No wonder the state wants to tax them.--TS

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