Denmark Implements "Fat Tax" on Comfort Food

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By Alison Henderson
Consumers in Denmark now have to pay a tax on comfort food containing more than 2.3 percent saturated fat.

The tax, deemed the "fat tax," is the first of its kind. It aims to limit the amount of fatty foods purchased and eaten in the country; it also seeks to add 1.5 billion kroner to state taxes, according to a report from the Copenhagen Post.

Charging 16 kroner per kilogram of saturated fat, the price increase targets staple foods like oils, and dairy products. The price of butter will increase by 14.1 percent, according to the Copenhagen report. Many feel the tax discriminates against lower income families, according to an NPR report.

It is unsure whether the tax will actually decrease the amount of fatty foods consumed. Some stocked up before the tax was implemented, others are expected to shop abroad, according to a BBC report.

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