New sugar tax to be introduced to UAE

New sugar tax to be introduced to UAE
Manufacturers will now need to identify the amount of sugar content in drinks
Published: 21 August 2019 - 12:15 p.m.
By: Simon Ritchie
According to our sister publication, Caterer Middle East, A 50% tax on drinks with added sugar is set to be introduced to the UAE.

According to a statement released by the Cabinet General Secretariat, the new law will be enforced from January 1, 2020 and will cover all products with added sugar or sweeteners in the form of a beverage, liquid, concentrate, powder, extract, or anything else that can be converted into a drink.

Manufacturers will now need to clearly identify the amount of sugar content in drinks. The statement said: “The decision comes to support the UAE government's efforts to enhance public health and prevent chronic diseases directly linked to sugar consumption."

It follows Dubai Municipality’s decision to delay its rule that food establishments must state the number of calories in their dishes, a decision which was made as part of the municipality’s efforts to raise awareness about the nutritional values of meals, in line with the National Nutrition Agenda 2017 – 2021. According to the World Health Organisation, more than 30% of the Middle East's population is obese.

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