As Britain prepares to introduce a tax on sugary drinks, DW’s Christopher Springate asks people in Germany if they would support a similar levy here.
South Africa has joined the international trend of taxing sugary drinks to reduce high rates of diabetes, hypertension and obesity. But the long-anticipated measure recommended by the WHO was fraught with controversy.
The tax has been put in place to help curb obesity levels, as one in three children leaves primary school overweight. The Treasury says recipe alterations have already cut out 45 million kilograms of sugar per year.
The German consumer watchdog Foodwatch has accused Coca-Cola of denying the obvious health damage caused by its soft drinks. But the government has no plans for a UK-style sugar tax.
A shortage of industrial CO2, the gas that puts the fizz into beer and soda, has left European beverage producers on edge. Pubs are running short of some famous booze brands, and one wholesaler is rationing supplies.
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