According to newswire Vnexpress, in a document sent to MoF to contribute an opinion related the adjustment and addition of the SCT, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) stated that citing soft drinks’ impact on health is not convincing enough to apply the SCT.Besides, mentioning tea and coffee products that contain no added sugar in the soft-drink group makes MoF’s definition inconsistent. Thus, MoIT asked MoF to clarify the reasons for the application of SCT on soft drinks as well as the reason for issuing a quota on these products.The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) also disagreed with MoF’s proposal. The ministry stated that there has yet to be an official study showing that sugar drinks, including instant tea and coffee, causs obesity and diabetes in Vietnam, especially among children.As Vietnam is stimulating the development of the agricultural product processing industry, MARD also asked MoF to clarify the definition of soft drinks, and simultaneously proposed to remove instant tea and coffee from the subjects to the SCT.The Ministry of Planning and Investment proposed MoF to study the impact of this policy on the beverage sector, the state budget, and other factors, including jobs and production facilities.According to… Read full this story
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