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12:40 Peru health minister welcomes tax on junk food
 
Lima, Jan. 02 (ANDINA). Peruvian Health Minister Alberto Tejada has thrown his support behind a bill to put a tax on junk food, with the aim of discouraging its consumption and promote healthy eating habits among the population.

The minister noted that imposing a tax on junk food will allow raising funds that may be used for the treatment of diseases associated with consuming junk food such as obesity and hyper tension.

“It’s an alternative that may be carried out, just as is done with tobacco or alcohol (…) we fully agree with providing strategies to fight diseases created by poor eating habits,” the minister told Andina news agency.

Even though he noted said measure is not yet determined, Minister Tejada said that in a modern society, where is common to have access high-fat meals, his sector aims to promote healthy eating habits for the welfare of every Peruvian.

“We want tasty food without giving up on what is good and nutritious. We don’t want to be abolitionists, but we believe that eating healthy, well, and at home, is quite a process. We’re really interested in implementing health policies and everything is aimed to that direction,” he said.

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Date: 02/01/2012
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