Food and soft drinks: nanny state index in the European Union (EU-28) 2019

This figure shows the index of nanny state regulations regarding food and soft drinks in the European Union (EU-28) in 2019. With a maximum score of 100, that state being the least free, Hungary scored 29, followed by Ireland (20) and the United Kingdom (20). Eight of the countries in the ranking have zero points, meaning that regulations regarding food and drink are lax, although even the most restrictive country Hungary scored less than a third out of 100.

Food and soft drinks: nanny state index in the European Union (EU-28) in 2019, by country

TaxesVending machinesEnergy drinksAdvertisingMandatory limts
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Source

Release date

August 2019

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2019

Supplementary notes

* Scores out of 100:
Taxation: any taxes in excess of normal sales tax placed on food products, soft drinks or specific ingredients (up to 10 points for soft drinks and up to 25 points for food = maximum of 35 points).
Advertising restrictions (up to 25 point).
Ingredient Limits: state-sanctioned limits on how ingredients can be used in food (up to 25 points).
Energy drinks (a total ban on sales to people aged under 18 years = 5 points; specific taxes on caffeinated drinks = up to 4 points).
Vending machine (bans on vending machines and/or bans on certain food/drink products being sold from vending machines = 10 points).

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