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Indonesia is exploring a sugar tax on soft drinks, according to reports. 

Officials have requested that the country's health department investigate health risks associated with sugary drinks, according to the Wall Street Journal. Until 2004, Indonesia had taxed some sweet drinks under a luxury-goods tax, the paper said.

The move hit drinks makers, though they have since recovered. Earlier this year, Euromonitor highlighted the Asia Pacific region as a growth driver for the soft drinks category.

Mexico currently imposes a sugar tax, which has affected companies such as Coca-Cola Co. But recent reports have suggested the tax may be removed. In October, Coca-Cola Co's COO said the move to halt the tax would be "positive". 

Just last week, UK MPs recommended a tax on full-sugar soft drinks. 


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