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Bringing Butter Back: Danes Repeal ‘Fat Tax’

After only a year, Denmark's unpopular tax on saturated fat is to be repealed in January.


Photo: Taryn (Flickr)

The "fat tax" applied to foods containing more than 2.3 percent fat.

In an effort to combat obesity, Danish lawmakers introduced a tax on saturated fat-rich foods last year.

The so-called “fat tax” imposed a penalty of 16 kroner per kilogram of saturated fat, which came out to about 75 cents per pound of butter.

Consumers and businesses alike have been up in arms over the increase. Given the country’s proximity to Germany and Sweden, many citizens just shopped for cheaper groceries over the border.

Lawmakers have announced they will repeal the tax in January.

The Danish government has also decided not to implement a similar “sugar tax.”

Read More:

  • Danes May Bring Back Butter As Government Rolls Back Fat Tax (NPR)
  • ‘Fat Tax’ In Denmark Is Repealed After Criticism (New York Times)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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