Thailand moots salt tax to promote healthier living
THAILAND: A salt tax, which was slated to have come into impact in Thailand this 12 months however was deferred, may very well be carried out subsequent 12 months with a lead time of 1 or two years for industries to adapt.
This was disclosed by the president of the Nephrology Society of Thailand, Dr Surasak Kantachuvesiri, who additionally chairs the Thai Low Salt Community marketing campaign.
A Thai particular person consumes a median of three,636mg of sodium each day – about 1.5 teaspoons of salt – nearly twice the World Well being Organisation’s (WHO) really useful 2,000mg.
“It is in our tradition to eat salty meals, fermented meats and fish sauce,” stated Dr Surasak.
Some 10 per cent of the inhabitants, over seven million folks, endure from power renal failure, a attainable results of excessive sodium consumption. Different illnesses linked to extreme salt consumption embody hypertension, coronary heart illness and diabetes, that are additionally widespread within the kingdom.
Numerous international locations all over the world equivalent to Hungary, Portugal and Fiji have carried out levies on processed or packaged meals with excessive salt content material, whereas others have adopted sodium discount methods, equivalent to necessary vitamin labelling, client training and business laws to encourage product reformulation.
– THE STRAITS TIMES