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Fiscal Policies for Diet and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases

The Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020 proposes that “as appropriate to national context, countries consider the use of economic tools that are justified by evidence, and may include taxes and subsidies, to improve access to healthy dietary choices and create incentives for behaviours associated with improved health outcomes and discourage the consumption of less healthy options”. The Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition 2012 also considers that “trade measures, taxes and subsidies are an important means of guaranteeing access and enabling healthy dietary choices”

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