Junk Food Law In Colombia, the more you eat, the more tax you pay
Junk Food Law In Colombia: In order to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases in the country, the Colombian government has previously introduced a “junk food law” and is preparing to tax “ultra-processed foods” such as potato chips that are high in salt and fat. This also makes Colombia the first country in the world to impose taxes on junk food.
According to a report by The Guardian, the Colombian government officially introduced the “Junk Food Law” in November. Junk food classified as “ultra-processed food” will be levied an additional tax of 10% immediately, and will be increased in 2023. to 15% and 20% in 2025.
The report also mentioned that the “ultra-processed foods” regulated in the “Junk Food Law” refer to “industrially produced ready-to-eat products” that are high in salt and saturated fat, such as potato chips. Currently, traditional processed foods such as sausages have not been included.
The Colombian government’s move is to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases among the country’s people. The report also mentioned that Colombians eat an average of 12 grams of salt every day, which is not only the highest in Latin America but also the highest in the world. This has also resulted in one-third of Colombian adults suffering from high blood pressure.
The sodium content of table salt is directly related to cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke. It is understood that people in Colombia die from cardiovascular diseases every year, accounting for 25% of the total deaths.
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