Lack of scientific research a key concern in sugar tax talks

The Consumer Goods Council says the haste with which govt wants to implement the tax is causing confusion.

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CAPE TOWN - The Consumer Goods Council says the lack of scientific research for government wanting to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is one of its key concerns.

The council was among those who participated in a second round of public hearing s at Parliament on Tuesday, on the implementation of a so-called sugar tax.

It says the haste with which government wants to implement the tax is causing confusion about the practicalities of the proposal.

The council says its members have already started making changes to its products to reduce their sugar content.

But this also requires changes to packaging and labeling, all of which take time.

The council's CEO Gwarega Mangozhe says more local research is needed before the tax can be considered.

“Actual consumption of sugary drinks should be determined in South Africa and Africa, since consumption is not the same as sales figures.”

The council says it also wants to know how government plans to implement and monitor a sugar tax and how the money will be spent.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)