The Danish government has finally introduced what is thought to be the world’s first ‘fat tax’, resulting in international media attention.
A surcharge will now be stamped on foods such as pizza, meat, dairy products and oil in an attempt to improve the nation’s health.
Any processed products with a saturated fat content of over 2.3 percent will also be subject to the tax. As the ruling has been in the pipeline for some time now, many Danes have long been hoarding their favourite naughty treats in order to avoid the increase in price.
Producers of the foods subject to the tax are calling the logistics if the new rule a bureaucratic nightmare, claiming that Danes will simply shop abroad for their fatty delights. Some scientists have also said that health officials should be focussing more on refined carbohydrates, sugar and salt than saturated fat.