MONTREAL, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - L'Association des embouteilleurs
de boissons gazeuses du Québec (AEBGQ) agrees that obesity is a complex
health issue. We feel that the solutions to this issue lie in
education and in offering Quebecers the tools and products necessary to
help make informed decisions and choices. We do not agree that the
solution lies in advocating the punitive taxation of specific products
such as beverages.
No one single food or beverage can be held responsible for weight gain.
In fact, the Canadian government looked at fats, carbohydrates, protein
and fibre in the diet and concluded that "it is not what you eat, but
rather, how much - the total number of calories consumed - that
significantly contributes to obesity".1
"L'Association des embouteilleurs de boissons gazeuses du Québec feels
that focusing on a declining source of calories in Quebecers diets is a
misguided approach that distracts from meaningful solutions that
promote healthier diets overall, as well as increased physical
activity," said Martin Pierre Pelletier, spokesperson for l'Association
des embouteilleurs de boissons gazeuses du Québec. "Given that the
beverage industry offers a wide variety of hydration options including
no and low calorie beverages, we feel that this is a tax grab disguised
as a public policy recommendation."
The 2012 Statistics Canada report, Food Statistics2 identified that between 1999 and 2011 consumption of soft drinks in
Canada decreased by 32% yet at the same time obesity rates in Canada
continued to rise.
Research shows that 89% of Quebecers feel that the government should be
educating the public about changing their behaviour, not taxing them3. The AEBGQ and its members have undertaken a number of concrete and
meaningful actions to responsibly market their products and help
promote healthy active lifestyles.
The AEBGQ is the provincial trade association representing the broad
spectrum of brands and companies that manufacture and distribute the
majority of non-alcoholic beverages consumed in Quebec.
SOURCE: Association des embouteilleurs de boissons gazeuses du Québec
For further information:
Martin Pierre Pelletier