Hungary Mulls ‘Hamburger’ Tax to Cut Fat Intake, Matolcsy Says

Hungary may impose a tax to counter the rising intake of fat, salt and calories, Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy said today.

"There are talks ongoing with the relevant ministries on the tax types that may be introduced and their estimated economic impact," Matolcsy wrote in a written answer to a lawmaker posted on the parliament’s website today.

It’s too early to say how high the levies will be and which products it will affect, Matolcsy said in the response to the lawmaker, who had asked about a possible "hamburger tax."

News website Index reported last month that such a tax was among measures being considered by the government to increase revenue and reduce the budget deficit. A budget plan announced by Matolcsy last week didn’t include the food tax.

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