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16 May 2012

Industry responds to British Medical Journal report on taxing foods

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Please find below the Food and Drink Federation response to a British Medical Journal paper and press release embargoed for 00:01 Wednesday 16th May 2012 '20 per cent fat tax needed to improve population health'.

FDF Director of Communications Terry Jones said:

"When the whole of the food industry is focused on continuing to give hard-pressed families great tasting food at an affordable price, discussion of adding 20% to food prices seems fanciful if not irresponsible."

"Under the Public Health Responsibility Deal, we will continue to work with government and other stakeholders to make meaningful improvements in public health through pledges in areas such as salt and calorie reduction, and our commitment to improving the health of our employees.'

Note to Editors:

  1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent visit:

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