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Boris Johnson appears to rule out sugar and salt tax to cut junk food reliance

PM’s dismissal of plan despite ‘war on obesity’ will dismay authors of report on improving UK eating habits

Boris Johnson has set himself on a likely collision course with the authors of a new national food strategy by effectively ruling out its key recommendation for a £3bn sugar and salt tax to tackle the dominance of junk food.

The government-commissioned report, drawn up by the restaurateur Henry Dimbleby, called the taxes a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to reduce reliance on processed food, with the resultant burden on the NHS.

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