Health Minister hires sugar tax advocate – media response

11 July 2018

FGC was asked to comment on the hiring by Health Minister David Clark of leading sugar tax advocate Dr Rob Beaglehole as an advisor in his office.

Katherine Rich responded:

The appointment is surprising. Being a ministerial advisor is a highly influential role. Appointing the number one sugar tax campaigner is a surprise. It indicated the direction of travel with policy towards new food taxes.