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Govt mulls hamburger tax, minister confirms

Hungarian ministries are examining the effects of introducing a “hamburger tax”, National Economy Minister György Matolcsy said in a written answer to a question by an opposition MP posted on the website of Parliament.

Studies made over the past several years suggest factors of risk for diet-related disease, such as higher intake of carbohydrates, fat and salt, will become more frequent. In the interest of reducing this, talks are under way on the introduction of such a tax and its economic effects, Matolcsy said.

The size of the tax, the products to which it will apply and how revenue from the tax will be used will only be known after regulations on the matter are published, he added.

Hungarian papers reported earlier that the government wanted to introduce a tax on unhealthy foods.