Govt imposes supplementary duty on junk food

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:11, Jun 01,2017

 
 

The government has imposed 10 per cent supplementary duty at local supply stage on fast food also known as junk food considering the health risk of future generations.

Finance minister AMA Muhith imposed the duty while placing budget for 2017-18 fiscal year at the parliament.

‘Earlier, in this parliament I had committed to impose additional taxes on fast food also known as junk food considering the health risk of our future generations. For this reason, I am proposing to impose 10 per cent supplementary duty at local supply stage on fast food in addition to applicable 15 per cent VAT,’ Muhith said in his budget speech.

Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on January 31 told parliament that he would consider the imposition of 14.5 per cent ‘fat tax’ on junk food.

The junk food are gaining huge response from people as it is cheap but these foods are unhealthy, Muhith said replaying to a call attention notice placed by lawmaker Nurjahan Begum.

The lawmaker demanded 14.5 per cent fat tax on junk food holding the food responsible for increasing obesity and terming it unhealthy food.

Food habits are changing fast, many people are taking junk and fast food like types of beverage, packet foods, saturated fat contained foods, potatoes chips, chocolates, pizza, burger and others risking health hazard including risk of non-communicable diseases, said health campaigners.

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