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

Published on Jun 1 2018 12:00 PM in A-Brands tagged: Trending Posts / Sugar Tax / Obesity / World Health Organization

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

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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