Berlin - A slim majority of Germans are in favor of introducing tax on cola and lemonade. 52 percent are in favor of tax on particularly sugary drinks, according to survey for the consumer organization. In the same survey in 2016, only 40 percent were in favor of sugar tax.
Yougov polls polled more than 2,000 adults online for the latest survey. 28 percent of them stated that they were "fully" in favor of sugar tax. 24 percent said that they “tend to” support it. 19 percent “tend to” reject it and 22 percent “completely”. Eight percent had no opinion.
Listen to the doctors
Foodwatch has been asking for Years ago tax on sugar in food, like the one introduced in the UK last month. The World Health Organization (WHO) is also one of the proponents. Most recently, at the beginning of May, doctors, health insurance companies and specialist medical organizations demanded tax on sugary drinks and restrictions on advertising aimed at children.
Oliver Huizinga from Foodwatch said that Federal Food Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) had to listen to the doctors instead of protecting the beverage and sugar industries. “We need soda tax similar to that in Great Britain so that manufacturers tip less sugar into so-called soft drinks,” he demanded.
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He also spoke out in favor of traffic light labeling for the nutritional value of foods and healthier eating in schools and daycare centers. "Voluntary recommendations to the food industry, as planned by the federal government, are just drop in the ocean," said Huizinga.
According to the survey, there are more supporters than opponents of sugar tax among the supporters of everyone in the Bundestag represented parties. The governing coalition is divided on the question: While the SPD consumer politician Sabine Dittmar recently spoke out in favor of sugar tax, CDU colleague Gitta Connemann is against it.