Business Leaders' Forum

Sugar tax is a ‘blunt instrument’ against obesity

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The sugar tax is a “blunt instrument” to tackle childhood obesity that “victimises” a sector already lowering sugar and calories in its products, according to law firm DWF.

“The government’s obesity policy is difficult to understand, and seems to be a blunt instrument with taxation to solve an incredibly complex problem,” DWF partner Dominic Watkins told FoodManufacture.co.uk in an exclusive video interview at the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum.

“Plainly, I think the industry will accept it’s got things to do, but I don’t think taxation is the right solution to that problem to solve a really big societal issue.”

Reduction in red tape

Watkins also suggested a reduction in red tape post-Brexit was only a short-term solution for UK food and drink manufacturers. Find out why by watching this exclusive video interview.

The Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum was held at the London office of host sponsor law firm DWF. Other sponsors included: RSA Insurance Group, packaging specialist Charpak and analytical testing provider ALS Life Sciences UK.

Meanwhile, Watkins also claimed that securing labour needs and responding to new regulations were among food and drink manufacturers’ top challenges.

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