AMA Delegates Consider "Fat Tax" on Coke and Pepsi


Delegates to the American Medical Association will vote on a proposal to impose a tax on soft drinks containing high fructose corn syrup (Thoreau take notice). The physician lobby will also consider a recommendation that the amount of salt in fast-food hamburgers and fries be cut in half as well. (Not a problem for me since I will just pick up extra salt packages from the condiments counter to make up for the difference.)

According to the Daily Mail:

Doctors will this week declare war on America's soft drinks industry by calling for a 'fat tax' to combat the nation's obesity epidemic.

Delegates at the powerful American Medical Association's annual conference will demand a levy on the sweeteners put in sugary drinks to pay for a massive public health education campaign…

Delegates at its Chicago conference are gunning in particular for high fructose corn syrup, the sweetener which is added to everything from ketchup to cola.

One American politician labelled it the 'crack of sweeteners' because it is so widespread.

Whole article here.