Minister slams meat tax idea
AGRICULTURE Minister David Littleproud has slammed the idea of a meat tax.
Research conducted by Oxford University suggests governments should consider placing a tax on meat to reduce consumption.
The research indicates it would prevent 6000 deaths in the UK each year and save more than 700 million pounds in healthcare costs.
The study suggests a tax of
14 per cent on red meat and
79 per cent on processed meat.
It comes after the World Health Organisation in 2015 said eating large amounts of red meat or processed meats such as bacon was probably carcinogenic.
However Mr Littleproud has slammed the study, saying it shows how “irrelevant these institutions are becoming”.
“Comparing red meat to cigarettes is ridiculous,” Mr Littleproud said.
“These institutions aren’t living in the real world but instead make findings without a lead of reality.
“Red meat is essential to a healthy diet.”