Taxman Comes After France’s Salt

August 30, 2018 Taxation in France

Salt taxPARIS – French politicians are eyeing up a tax to reduce salt consumption in France, which currently sees twice as much salt being eaten every day than recommended.

Group of parliamentarians in France are launching a push to tax salts being added to foods and prepared meals sold in France.

The group of 20 MPs are all part of a committee which has been tasked with carrying out an inquiry on industrial food production in France.

Previously France has sought to encourage manufacturers to reduce the use of salt in food preparation via voluntary agreements.

However, after more than a decade, the salt-reduction targets have not been met.

The committee is now expected to push for a salt tax to be enacted, however, the exact details of how such a tax would work will not be known until the report is published.

However, it has already been speculated that a possible salt tax will work similarly to the previously enacted sugar tax, which saw a levy being charged based on the sugar content in soft drinks.

According to some estimates, the average person in France consumes as much as 12g of salt a day, while the World Health Organization recommends a maximum of 5g.