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Europe talks taxing unhealthy foods

May 19, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT
'Cronuts' , a cross between a croissant and a doughnut, are displayed at the Rinkoff Bakery in London on October 3, 2013.
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An investigator for the United Nations opened talks at the World Health Organization's conference by saying that unhealthy foods should be taxed on the continent just like other unhealthy products such as tobacco. He said that unhealthy foods pose just as much of a risk, considering the obesity epidemic.

Background:

Unhealthy food taxes vital to fight obesity: UN investigator [Reuters]

The food industry should be regulated like tobacco: Experts say rising obesity levels pose greater health risk than smoking [Daily Mail]

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