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July 05, 2020 - EurekAlert

Food taxes and subsidies would bring major health gains, study shows

Food taxes and subsidies would bring major health gains, study shows
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A consumer tax on the saturated fat, salt and sugar content of food, accompanied by a 20 per cent subsidy on fruit and vegetables, would bring major benefits for the health sector, researchers from Otago, Auckland and Melbourne Universities say.

The researchers have published estimates of the health gains and cost savings to New Zealand's health system which a combined tax and subsidy scheme would bring. Their research is published today in the international science journal, The Lancet Public Health.

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