|PAN Pushing for New Junk Food Bill|
Víctor Mayén - The News
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December 31, 2010
Mexico City – The National Action Party (PAN) presented a proposal Thursday to the Chamber of Deputies regarding the increase in taxes on junk food in Mexico.
Miguel Antonio Osuna Millán, president of the Congressional Health Commission, said that 42 billion pesos are spent every year to treat diseases related to excessive weight and obesity problems.
The lawmaker said that the amount is equivalent to the annual budget earmarked for the legal system, the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) and the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) combined. He also said that it is three times the budget destined for agricultural activities in the country, and seven times the amount allocated for small and medium business promotion.
Osuna Millán said that authorities should implement a tax on the junk food sector which would be dubbed the Special Tax on Production and Services (IEPS) to discourage the consumption of junk food.
He said that the money collected from this new tax would allow the health sector to invest in better facilities and treatments.
The proposal would reform Articles 2 and 3 of the Special Tax on Production and Services Act. The tariffs would impose a 50-percent tax on food and beverages of this kind, while services related to the industry would also undergo a 50-percent tax hike.
“We think that if we implement these tariffs, we will be able to curb the consumption of junk food in the country,” Osuna Millán said.