MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Congress is nearing final approval of new taxes on junk food and soft drinks as the government announces an anti-obesity plan to fight fat in a country with one of the world's highest rates of overweight people.

The Senate has approved an eight-percent tax on high-calorie foods, defined as those having more than 275 calories per 100 grams. That must still be approved by the lower house.

Both houses have already agreed to a one-peso (8 cent) per-liter tax on soft drinks.

On Thursday, the government announced an educational campaign that would offer an official seal for lower-calorie, higher-fiber snacks.

None of Mexico's major snack food companies immediately responded to request for comment, but Coca Cola's Latin American group president has said the company is developing more low-calorie drinks.

 

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