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Health 11-09-2018

Reducing sugar consumption: Is taxation effective?

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EURACTIV analyses the existing challenges policymakers face when it comes to sugar taxes in the EU, as well as the several initiatives that have been taken ranging from food reformulation to the school level.
Health 31-05-2018

WHO makes U-turn in taxation of sugary drinks

The World Health Organisation's Independent Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases released a draft report on 10 May which - if implemented - will back away from its initial recommendation to introduce sugar taxes in order to tackle the so-called obesity epidemic. The final report will be released on 1 June.
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No sugar-sweetened soft drinks in secondary schools by end of 2018
Agrifood 13-03-2018

No sugar-sweetened soft drinks in secondary schools by end of 2018

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The European soft drinks industry has committed to stop offering sugar-sweetened drinks for sale in secondary schools across Europe and to provide only no-calorie and low-calorie options by the end of 2018.
Agrifood 06-09-2017

Manufacturers to withdraw soft drinks from EU schools from 2018

Europe’s soft drinks industry has announced it will stop selling sugary beverages in all schools in the European Union from late 2018. Health campaigners have welcomed the move but said more needs to be done to promote healthy eating in schools.
Agrifood 18-08-2017

‘Zero calories’: Industry moving to reduce sugar in EU beverages

The European soft drink industry has long been involved in a gradual process of removing added sugar from its products and introducing “zero calories” varieties on the market. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Agrifood 23-06-2017

Soft drink makers back product reformulation as ‘healthier’ than taxation

Governments can steer consumers towards healthier choices by supporting the reformulation of food ingredients, rather than imposing "discriminatory" taxes, according to the soft drinks industry.
Health 19-06-2017

Regulating consumers?

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Over the years, sales and marketing restrictions have piled up on food, drinks and alcohol products. Some are now beginning to worry about a “slippery slope” where tobacco-style regulations – and taxation – are being applied to a whole range of consumer products in the name of public health objectives.
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Soft drinks industry to reduce added sugars a further 10% by 2020
Health 15-05-2017

Soft drinks industry to reduce added sugars a further 10% by 2020

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The European soft drinks industry has been on a sugar reduction journey since the 1970's and the introduction of the first no calorie drinks.
Health 06-09-2016

Paris to tackle obesity with junk food tax

France is raising the tax on all high calorie foods in an attempt to tackle its increasing weight problem. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Health 07-01-2016

Studies find reducing sugary drinks cuts calories, but only a few

Studies from Britain and Mexico suggest reducing sugar in sweetened drinks or taxing it more to cut consumption can help people limit their calorie intake and lower their risk of developing diabetes, but not by much.
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Health 05-06-2014

Obesity: What’s tipping the balance? HIGHLIGHTS

The lack of physical activity and unbalanced diets can lead to obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and stroke. Today, more than half of Europeans are overweight or obese.
Health 12-02-2013

Food, drink industries undermine health policy: Study

Multinational food, drink and alcohol companies are using strategies similar to those employed by the tobacco industry to undermine public health policies, health experts said on Tuesday (12 February).