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Soft Drinks Industry Levy (‘sugar tax’) legislation published

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Today the Treasury has published an outline of the 'sugar tax' orSoft Drinks Industry Levy legislation.

At Diabetes UK, we hope this levy will motivate manufacturers to reduce sugar content in soft drinks. Too much sugar in the food we buy is contributing to the obesity epidemic and, in turn, significantly increasing the risk of even more people developing Type 2 diabetes.

We're also asking manufacturers to be clear about changes to a product's carbohydrate or sugar content. Having the latest nutritional information is vital as some soft drinks are commonly used to treat hypos. In the meantime, do regularly check the nutritional information {link to "how to read food labels" guide} on sugar rich products so you know how much you need to consume to treat a hypo.

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said:

"We support the Soft Drinks Industry Levy as an important measure to help curb sugar intake which is contributing to the obesity epidemic and in turn, significantly increasing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

"We're also aware many people with diabetes use some soft drinks affected by the Levy to treat hypos, so we're working closely with the Government and manufacturers to ensure they have the most up to date nutritional information and are aware of the various hypo treatment choices available."

On top of supporting the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, we're also engaging with Public Health England's sugar reduction programme for food manufacturers. These are just a few range of measures to help reduce obesity and the risks of developing Type 2 diabetes which have devastating consequences on millions of lives across the country.

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