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Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne hinted at the likelihood of further increasing tax on soft drinks containing sweeteners and would not apply to bottles of milk.

The minister said multinational companies are concerned about the huge losses they had incurred by colour coding and tax increases which had resulted in the price of a 1.5 litre bottle of soft drinks increasing from Rs.220 to Rs.330

He said these companies had now shifted to the production of zero-sugar soft drinks. (Dayaseeli Liyanage)

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  • Dot Monday, 01 January 2018 04:38 AM

    Sugar free drinks is the way of the world today ..Water plenty of it makes way for healthy living ..Yes we have this attitude to soft drinks from the Elephant house days ..so now is the time to drink fluids healthy and also beat the tax man too save some of that money for better expenses .

    Asanka Monday, 01 January 2018 05:49 AM

    This is actually a good thing.

    ravin Monday, 01 January 2018 07:01 AM

    well, we heard that sugar content in branded milk were not shown and president himself publicly announce it. Why only soft drinks increase in all drinks taxes if any drink contain sugar.

    ANTON Monday, 01 January 2018 08:01 AM

    OH...... NOT FOR HARD DRINKS PLEASE.

    Lawry Monday, 01 January 2018 08:24 AM

    Zero sugar drinks can have sweeteners that are bad for health. What other countries have banned should not be promoted or sold in Sri Lanka. One Zero sugar drink states in microscopically small letters that it is not suitable for children!!!!!!

    Ravi Monday, 01 January 2018 09:23 AM

    Zero-sugar soft drinks are a proven health hazard. We must be the ONLY country in the world with this type of mentality.God bless us!

    Don Monday, 01 January 2018 10:03 AM

    Zero sugar drinks have artificial sweetners which are even worse than sugar.

    Arnold Monday, 01 January 2018 11:35 AM

    Should allow beer in school canteens as they are the cheapest drink that people can afford.

    Kadiya Monday, 01 January 2018 12:27 PM

    Wither 'orenjanbali'?

    Royce Monday, 01 January 2018 03:55 PM

    What an idiot non sugar drinks are health hazards even the bottles say it's not suitable for children

    Rukshan Wednesday, 31 January 2018 01:20 PM

    This would be a really great idea to implement if on the other hand, prices are reduced for the essential further: rice,dhal, milk powder and etc


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