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  5/24/2012, Sivan 3, 5772

Litzman: Tax on Produce will Harm Public Health


Deputy Health Minister Ya'akov Litzman wrote a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday in which he rejected a proposal to cancel the sales-tax exemption on fruits and vegetables, saying the proposal was contrary to the December decision by the cabinet to endorse a healthy lifestyle. He added that the imposition of a tax would definitely bring about a rise in the prices of basic commodities such as fruits and vegetables, whose consumption should be encouraged, being health products, unlike other products that do not contribute to public health but increasing obesity.

Litzman said the end of the exemption "would particularly hurt sectors of the population who suffer from poverty, worsen the economic situation, increase the percentage of people in poverty and food security. Decision necessarily increase the gaps in all other indicators such as employment, education and hence the ability to get out of poverty and everything associated with it. "