Budapest, October 30 (MTI) – The revenue gained from the public health tax dubbed fat tax totalled more than 55 billion forints (EUR 178m) since its introduction, Magyar Nemzet daily said on Thursday.
The tax on “unhealthy” food and drinks with high sugar, salt, carbohydrate and caffeine content was introduced in September 2011.
The aim was to promote more healthy eating habits and the production of healthier food, as well as to provide a source of increased funding for health-care programmes and for improving health-care services, the paper said.
The revenue, along with other funds, is spent on raising wages in the health-care sector, the paper said, citing information from the state secretariat in charge of the area.
According to the regulation posted on the tax office’s website, in 2013 the fat tax on high-sugar energy drinks was 250 forints per litre (EUR 0.80), on such soft drinks 200 forints per litre, on snacks 250 forints per kilo and on canned marmalade 500 forints per kilo.