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Study: taxing red meat would save thousands of lives

Meat tax 'a sledgehammer to break a nut'

The introduction of a tax on meat to save lives and reduce healthcare costs would be like using ‘a sledgehammer to break a nut’, a national meat trade body has claimed.

Dr Carrie Ruxton, member of Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales' meat advisory panel said that the tax, proposed in a research document by scientists at the University of Oxford, was ill advised and potentially ignored the main health benefits of eating meat.

"Red meat provides valuable nutrients, such as iron, zinc, vitamin D and B vitamins. These are often in short supply in the diets of young children, teenage girls and women, especially those from lower-income households," said Ruxton.

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Could a 'red and processed meat tax' save thousands of lives?

"'Meat tax' which would almost double price of sausages should be brought in to save lives, say health experts," reports The Daily Telegraph.

Researchers have worked out the likely health and economic cost of eating red meat and processed meat.

Both types of meat have been linked to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as cancers of the digestive system, such as bowel cancer.

The researchers looked at how introducing a tax to increase the price of meat might affect consumption, deaths and economic costs.

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