MOSCOW, 5 February. Authorities need to determine clear criteria for additional taxation of products high in sugar and fat. First, input the excise shall be scientifically justified and does not lead to unfair competition. This opinion was expressed by Vice President of sustainable business development and corporate relations Unilever (Anglo-Dutch manufacturer of consumer household products) in Russia Irina Bakhtina.
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“We believe that public authorities need to determine clear criteria for such a tax. Firstly, such criteria must be based on sufficient scientific justification for the possible harm. They should stimulate innovation and the introduction of more healthy products. And it does not lead to unfair competition and increase the burden on business and the state budget”, – said the Agency Bakhtin. In addition, the authorities must ensure investing the collected revenues in approved programs or research in the field of healthy nutrition, considers Vice-President of Unilever.
The initiative to introduce a tax on products that do not match the who recommendations, may work only through a comprehensive approach, says Bakhtin. This, she believes, involves co-administration certified educational programs to the community in the field of healthy nutrition, appropriate product labelling, restrictions on advertising aimed at children, as well as changes in the formulation of food products.
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As previously reported, the Ministry of health took the initiative to introduce excise duties on a range of products with a high content of fat and sugar. In particular, such goods can be attributed to soda and products which contain palm oil. The Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev confirmed that the government is discussing the issue of increasing excise taxes on palm oil and harmful products. The head of the Ministry of agriculture and Ministry of industry and trade endorsed the initiative.
Currently, the list of excisable goods include alcohol and certain types of alcohol products, tobacco, automobile and aviation fuel, motor oil, cars and powerful motorcycles.
Unilever produces food and household products, including perfume. In Russia office opened in 1992. Currently, Unilever owns 4 large industrial clusters: food products and ice cream in the Tula region; tea, cosmetic products and household chemistry in St. Petersburg; cosmetic products in Yekaterinburg, as well as ice cream in Omsk. In the portfolio of Unilever brands in Russia includes Calve, “Baltimore”, Rama, Knorr, Ekzo, “Tycoon”, “Conversation”, Lipton, Dove, “Black pearl”, Timotei, Rexona, “Forest Balsam”, Domestos and others.
Unilever’s turnover in the 1st quarter of 2015 increased by 12.3% compared with the same period of 2014 and amounted to €12.8 billion.