Fiji Time: 4:57 PM on Thursday 27 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Call for taxation on sugar-sweetened drinks

Shayal Devi
Saturday, July 26, 2014

SOME form of taxation should be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages, says Watesoni Nata Jr, the manager for Consumer Council of Fiji's alternate dispute resolution and consumer advisory division.

Speaking during a workshop on controlling marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages and unhealthy foods to children at Sea Breeze Hotel in Lautoka yesterday, Mr Nata Jr said some Pacific island countries had already implemented some taxes on these products.

"These include Nauru and French Polynesia," he said.

He said the affordability and availability of sugar-sweetened beverages was one of the major causes of non-communicable diseases in children.

"Sugar-sweetened beverages are abundant. They come in an assorted range, they are high in calories and appeal to our taste for sweetness.

"Another important factor for considering sugar sweetened beverage taxes is medical reasons. Intake of excess sugar doesn't just affect one portion of society but everyone."

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65700.6380
JPY 51.993048.9930
GBP 0.39950.3915
EUR 0.45000.4380
NZD 0.69360.6606
AUD 0.64560.6206
USD 0.49320.4762



Exchange Rate updated on 27th October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Man claims impersonation
  2. Silt slowly burying town river
  3. Food runs low
  4. Airline opens door to new route
  5. Police probe accident
  6. Explosives a concern
  7. Diwali a time for unity
  8. New fire house for Korolevu commissioned
  9. Nadroga to tour NZ

Top Stories this Week

  1. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  2. True to an early love Wednesday (26 Oct)
  3. Qiliho attends trial Wednesday (26 Oct)
  4. Death probe Sunday (23 Oct)
  5. Fiji pearls make history Monday (24 Oct)
  6. Fijian 7s surprise Tuesday (25 Oct)
  7. Love conquers all Sunday (23 Oct)
  8. Prepare for the worst, says Kumar Wednesday (26 Oct)
  9. NFP calls for public holiday Wednesday (26 Oct)
  10. Three talk Tuesday (25 Oct)