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Hungary to tax unhealthy food from September

Hungary's Parliament approved a bill that will introduce a "chips tax" on food high in sugar, salt, carbohydrates and caffeine from September 1, 2011.

The law will levy a HUF 5 per liter tax on sugary drinks with fruit content under 25%. Makers of energy drinks will pay HUF 250 per liter of product.

The tax will be HUF 100 per kilogram for pre-packaged cakes and HUF 200 per kilogram for salty snacks. Makers of food flavorings will pay HUF 200 per kilogram.

Drinks with more than 8g of sugar per 100ml and with a fruit content under 25% will be subject to the tax. Concentrates and syrups will be exempt.

The tax must be paid on snacks with a salt content over 1g per 100g. Flavorings and additives are to be taxed if their salt content is over 5g per 100g. Baby food, ketchup and mustard will be exempt, as will soups and sauces.

In the case of foreign-made products, the tax will be paid by the importer.

Businesses that sell fewer than 50 liters or 50 kilograms of products subject to the tax a year will be exempt.

Revenue from the tax will be used for public health matters.