Sugar tax consultation ends
Consultation on a proposed new sugar tax ends today.
Taxes will be increased on candy, soda and other “non-nutritive, luxury items” to promote healthy living and discourage importers from bringing in high-sugar products.
Supporters, including the Bermuda Diabetes Association, said the move would help tackle the island’s diabetes epidemic.
But opponents, including soft drinks producer John Barritt & Son, argued the best way to fight obesity and diabetes was through education.
Customs duty will be eliminated on items such as vegetables and some revenue from the sugar tax will be earmarked for educational programmes.
• For more information, or to comment, visit gov.bm/health-public-consultations
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