A Freedom of Information investigation revealed Coca-Cola has been lobbying Ireland’s health minister James Reilly and opposing a proposed sugar tax, The Sunday Times has reported.
The proposal aspires to combat obesity and generate revenue but representatives of the company that also owns Fanta, Sprite, Minute Maid and Powerade see it as a discrimination against one type of drink.
The newspaper mentioned France has already introduced a tax on sugary drinks, while Hungary and Denmark have brought in more wide ranging “fat taxes”.
David Cameron’s government is also considering introducing a similar levy in the UK, while the idea of its implementation in Ireland is being considered by an action group set up by the health minister last year.
A spokesman for the health department said: “The minister is very concerned about the high levels of obesity in all age groups of the Irish population.”
One in four Irish children are overweight or obese at three years of age, according to a recent survey by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
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