Controversial 'tax on chips' is enforced in Hungary

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A ‘chips tax has been enforced in Hungary after the government introduced a new law earlier this week, imposing a levy on foods that are either v...

A ‘chips tax’ has been enforced in Hungary after the government introduced a new law earlier this week, imposing a levy on foods that are either very salty or sweet, news agency AFP is reporting.

The aim of the tax is reportedly an attempt to alter the unhealthy eating habits of Hungarian citizens as part of the ongoing global fight against rising obesity levels.

The Hungarian government is also hoping the tax will earn approximately €76 million annually, the equivalent to $106 million.

Foods such as fizzy drinks, biscuits, sugar-intensive energy drinks and pre-packaged savoury foods have been subjected to the chips tax.

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Responsibility of paying the new tax will fall with the product’s main importer or Hungarian maker.

The parliamentary deputy behind the move, Sandor Font, said: “We give the message to consumers not to eat such unhealthy and expensive flourish.”

Despite only being introduced on Thursday, the tax has already had an effect on businesses.

After the chips tax was announced, the German owner of Chio Chips has apparently abandoned its plans to build a new popcorn factory in Hungary.

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