Govt to tax food, drinks with high salt, sugar content – paper

Budapest, June 9 (MTI) – Hungary plans a tax on food and beverages with a high salt and sugar content, though the list of products does not include hamburgers, ready meals or alcoholic beverages, business daily Vilaggazdasag said on Thursday.  

The size of the tax will depend on how much salt or sugar is present in the product, the paper said. A typical energy drink, for example, will carry a surcharge of 200 forints (75 euro-cents) per litre.


Ice tea, cola and other sugary drinks, as well as ice creams, instant soup powders, crisps and other salty snacks will fall with in the tax levied from January 1, 2012. Part of the revenue of 20-30 billion forints will be spent on disease-prevention, screening and public-health education, while part will boost the wages of health-care workers, the paper said.