Health minister Dr Dan Poulter has insisted that increasing the price of fizzy drinks is not the "silver bullet" to tackling obesity.
He told ITV News: "We already have VAT on fizzy drinks and that applies to fizzy drinks and doesn't apply to other foods, so I don't think that's the silver bullet that's going to make the difference."
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