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By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
October 3, 2011, 12:34 p.m.
The Food Police have stormed Denmark, where it is now a little more expensive to eat fattening food.
The countryâ€™s so-called â€œfat taxâ€ went into effect on Saturday. The tax rate is 16 Danish kroner per kilogram of saturated fat in a food â€” in terms Americans can understand, thatâ€™s about $1.29 per pound of saturated fat â€“ and it kicks in when the saturated fat content of a food item exceeds 2.3%. For the Record, 1:37 p.m. Oct. 4: An earlier version of this online article incorrectly said that Danes pay the equivalent of $6.27 per pound of saturated fat in their food when saturated fat exceeds 2.3%. The correct figure is $1.29
The complex formula takes into account the amount of fat used to produce a particular food, not the amount thatâ€™s in the final product, according to Ole Linnet Juul, food director at Denmarkâ€™s Confederation of Industries. He calculated that the tax adds 12 cents to a bag of chips, 39 cents to a small package of butter and 40 cents to the price of a hamburger
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