After fatty food tax, comes salty food tax
As government mulls the imposition of tax on fatty food, Masbate Rep. Scott Davies Lanete filed House Bill 3719 seeking to impose a P1 excise tax on every milligram of sodium in excess of one-third of the allowable daily intake of sodium chloride prescribed by the Department of Health (DOH).
BusinessMirror reported that Lanete’s proposal would cover manufactured goods that contain sodium chloride, such as canned goods.
Lanete said salt now has a new image, which is that of a silent killer that causes high blood pressure and leads to increased risks of having a heart attack and stroke.
He said some countries have imposed sin taxes on salt to make them adopt a healthier low-salt diet.
The countries include Vietnam, Uganda, Tanzania, Suriname, Sri Lanka, Panama, Morocco, Kenya, Jordan and Cambodia.
He said the salt tax is part of government’s constitutional responsibility to take care of the health of Filipinos, while generating additional revenues for government.