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WHO Diseases Panel Split On Soft Drink Sugar Tax To Cut Obesity

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An independent panel advising the World Health Organization (WHO) stopped short of recommending taxing sugary drinks to reduce obesity on Friday after failing to reach a consensus.

Some countries, such as Mexico, France and Britain, are already taxing sugary drinks and the WHO made a non-binding recommendation in October 2016 that governments should impose a 20% tax.

While this was called 'discriminatory' and 'unproven' by the industry, activists had hoped for a strong endorsement from the panel, which includes heads of states and health ministers.

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