Bold tax measures beget impressive results

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In Hungary, men consume more sodium in a day than nearly anywhere else in Europe, with an average of 17.5 grams (g) of salt each. Most Europeans consume about 10 g daily, and the World Health Organization recommends consuming no more than 5 g.

Since the introduction of a supplementary tax on certain salty foods, 40 per cent of food manufacturers changed their formulations to avoid being subject to the tax. Consumers also report buying 25 to 35 percent less of products that are subject to the tax, with retail sales figures backing them up.

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