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EU study suggests junk food taxes have unpredictable impacts

Taxes on high sugar, salt and fat products such as soft drinks, sweet and salty foods lead to lower consumption of the taxed products, according to research conducted on behalf of the European Commission’s Industry and Enterprise directorate general, EU Food Law reports. But consumers may simply switch to untaxed products or buy cheaper brands of the taxed products, possibly not lowering their consumption of the taxed ingredient, the research suggests.

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