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Best bits: Danish fat tax gives industry plenty to chew over

Best bits: Danish fat tax gives industry plenty to chew over

Across the North Sea today, Denmark will hear its new government's plans for the country when prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and her new cabinet present their policy programme. When the Danes chew over those plans tonight, perhaps over dinner, they will also likely be discussing a policy introduced by the previous administration that went live over the weekend and has attracted global headlines.

Focus: Denmark’s saturated fat tax provokes industry anger

Focus: Denmark’s saturated fat tax provokes industry anger

Denmark is set to introduce a tax on food high in saturated fat. The levy, the Danish government claims, will improve the health of the population. The food sector has hit back, questioning that rationale and arguing that consumers will travel to neighbouring countries to buy the affected foods anyway. And, as Gerard O'Dwyer reports, the EU could rule that the tax breaks free trade rules.