HCC Applauds the Government of Barbados' New Tax on Sugar Sweetened Beverages
Dear Members of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition,
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is pleased to announce a major public success in the region. On Monday June 15, 2015, the Government of Barbados (GoB) announced that effective August 1, 2015, a 10% excise tax would be applied to the cost of locally produced and imported sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) such as carbonated soft drinks, juice drinks, sports drinks, and fruit juices. Barbados' Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler made the announcement as he delivered the national budget. The Minister noted that “Beverages containing intrinsic sugars only such as 100 percent natural fruit juice, coconut water, plain milk, evaporated milk will not be subject to the excise tax.”
The HCC applauds the bold leadership of the Government of Barbados, the Barbados Ministry of Health and the Barbados National NCD Commission; and congratulates them on this significant public health measure aimed at encouraging Barbadians to consume less sugar. As the only regional alliance of civil society organisations focussed on responding to the epidemic of non communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region, the HCC is committed to promoting and supporting initiatives which seek to create environments which are supportive of changing behaviours which lead to a reduction of disability and deaths related to chronic diseases.
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The HCC has also sent a letter of congratulations to the Government of Barbados.
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