Nine federal states want soft drink tax

Photo: Coca-Cola on a supermarket shelf (archive), via dts news agency

Berlin (dts) – Pressure is growing in the federal states on the federal government to introduce a tax on sugary soft drinks.

As the “Bild” (Tuesday edition) reports, citing the minutes of the most recent conference of the state consumer protection ministers, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony and Thuringia are pushing for the introduction of “a tax on sugary soft drinks”.

The states "ask the federal government" to examine the introduction of the tax "as a manufacturer-related levy," Bild quotes the states' statement in the minutes. The reason is that the sugar content has not been reduced enough, the states complain. Accordingly, "despite voluntary commitments and promises from the industry in Germany, the average sugar content of soft drinks, for example, has not fallen in recent years to the extent that would be necessary for a healthy diet," Bild quotes from the statement by the nine states.