Health News: Hungary passed a draft for a tax on unhealthy food.

1:29 PM, Jul 13, 2011   |    comments
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It looks like hungry Hungarians are about to pay more to satisfy their junk food fixes.

The Hungarian parliament passed a draft law Monday that's officially called The People's Health Products Tax.

The draft law will tax unhealthy foods are a higher rate.

Products to be taxed more include high-sugar, high-sodium and high-carbohydrate foods along with energy drinks that are loaded with caffeine and sugar.

The parliament vote was not close.

Two hundred, 55 in favor of the new tax, with 54 opposed and 36 abstaining from the vote.

Some experts are warning that the new tax could damage the Hungarian economy more than it might help public health.

The experts also fear factory closings and layoffs.

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