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Bill to Tax Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Would Exempt Milk

Jul 30, 2014
Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill today that would institute a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in the United States. Any product with milk, soy or other plant-based milk substitutes as the primary ingredient would be exempt, along with infant formula.

The Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax (SWEET) Act would impose a tax of one cent per teaspoon of caloric sweetener and use revenue collected to fund federal anti-obesity programs. The bill is co-sponsored by Representatives Jim Moran (D-VA) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).

Members with questions regarding beverage tax legislation may contact Ruth Saunders, IDFA vice president of policy and legislative affairs, at or (202) 220-3553.

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