Introduction of a 20 percent excise is necessary for decrease in consumption by Russians of sugar. What is told by producers and nutritionists? Photo: depositphotos.com B of Russia have decided to fight against sweet sparkling water. The advisory council at the government has suggested to enter on her a 20 percent excise within the Demography national project for strengthening of health of Russians, Izvestia has reported. The Ministry of Health — for, producers — against. Experts are sure that excises will reduce consumption of sparkling water, also the risk of consequences — diabetes and obesity will decrease. The number suffering from excess weight last year in the country has grown by 6%. Russians will begin to pass to healthy food, and the budget will receive additional receipts. The initiative was already supported by the Ministry of Health. Two years ago the excise was suggested to be entered in the Ministry of Finance, but have refused a measure, having considered it inefficient, the president of the Union of producers of soft drinks and mineral waters Maxim Novikov reminds: Maxim Novikov the president of the Union of producers of soft drinks and mineral waters "Today this offer at the level of opinion of a number of experts, opinion of the non-core regulator. Introduction of a 20 percent excise from retail cost — extremely drastic and not reasonable measure. Moreover, authors of this initiative don't provide any scientific proofs that the measure has under itself the reasons. Consumption of soft drinks in Russia one of the lowest in the world. In some countries excises were entered when consumption of soft drinks was about five-seven times higher, than now in Russia". Two years ago in the Ministry of Finance have expected that if the excise is 5 rubles for liter, more than 25 billion rubles a year will come to the budget. The present offer means at least twice bigger income in treasury. If on average the bottle costs 65 rubles now, then will rise in price up to 78 rubles, and in most cases, considering policy of retail pricing, it is even more. It will really temporarily reduce consumption of harmful drink, experts consider as it was with beer excises. But then producers will learn will bypass excises, for example, instead of sugar to use his substitute, the managing director and the director of Prosperity Capital Management investment company, the analyst Alexey Krivoshapko:aleksey Krivoshapko the managing director and the director of Prosperity Capital Management investment company, the analyst "Considers it is so possible to come far. It is possible to tax in addition products which contain salt, oil. I am sure, Coca-Cola literally in two months will think up 150 ways to sell sparkling water without sugar and not to get under these restrictions. It from the category of the next legislative nonsense". As the expert reminds, the initiative is contrary to statements of the government for the invariable taxation. This offer quite fits into a universal trend of fight against the products containing sugar, the dietitian Lidiya Ionova says. In Great Britain the excise already is, in Germany two thousand profile experts have signed the petition with the requirement to enter him as soon as possible. Lidiya Ionova is doctor-diye
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