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Call for tax on producers of sweetened drinks

A sugar tax on beverages such as soft drinks and flavoured milks will help reduce the high rates of obesity and dental decay in New Zealand, according to a group of doctors and public health researchers.

The NZ Beverage Guidance Panel has also said the tax, which would be levied on manufacturers and importers or sugary drinks, could raise around $100 million annually for the government.

A policy brief published by the NZBGP outlines the benefits of introducing a sugar tax and is calling for public comment. The group consists of public health researchers from NZ universities, doctors and regional health directors.

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