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Seattle joins other cities such as San Francisco and Berkeley in voting to impose a soda tax. Pic:iStock

Seattle City Council passes soda tax

By Rachel ARTHUR

Seattle City Council has voted to levy a tax on soda and sugar sweetened beverages, joining other US cities such as Philadelphia and Berkeley.

NACS, Cumberland Farms commit to expanding access to healthy options

NACS, Cumberland Farms commit to expanding access to healthy options

By Elizabeth Crawford

Corner stores, bodegas and gas stations have a bad reputation when it comes to the healthfulness of the foods and beverages they offer, but the National Association of Convenience Stores and Cumberland Farms hope to change that by teaming up with Partnership...

Santa Fe, New Mexico, US, has rejected plans for a soda tax. Pic: iStock

Santa Fe rejects soda tax

By Rachel ARTHUR

Santa Fe voters yesterday rejected a tax on sugar sweetened beverages in the city.

Added sugar labeling is holding allulose back, says Tate & Lyle

Success of allulose in Mexico shows what’s possible in the US if added sugar labeling rules change, says Tate & Lyle

Allulose could change the sugar reduction game... if labeling rules are changed, says Tate & Lyle

By Elaine WATSON

Allulose – an ultra low-calorie sugar found naturally in jackfruit and figs that Tate & Lyle is making in commercial quantities from corn using enzymes – has got some high profile advocates including Quest Nutrition, but would gain significantly more...

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Canada sugar drinks levy would save 13,000 lives, say researchers

By Rachel ARTHUR

Health organizations in Canada are calling for a sugary drinks levy, with new research suggesting the measure would save 13,000 lives over the next 25 years. But the Canadian Beverage Association questions the data used by the research: and says that...

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Ag Committee weighs whether SNAP should pay for sugary drinks

By Elizabeth Crawford

Prohibiting the purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages and other “unhealthy” foods and beverages with SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, likely would not discourage their consumption, but would be costly and difficult for retailers to implement,...

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