The zero VAT measure on meat and vegetables comes into effect as of Friday.

The measure, which is set to continue through to May 31, 2024, includes the following meat items: fresh, chilled or frozen meat and variety meats (offal), beef, pork, sheep, goat, and poultry, as well as rabbit and hare.

Vegetables under the measure include fresh or chilled tomatoes, onions, shallots, garlic and leeks, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, collards, turnips, Brussels sprouts and similar vegetables.

Also included are salad foods, such as lettuce and radishes, carrots, turnips and other edible roots, cucumbers and gherkins, coriander and parsley.

Legumes with or without pods, such as peas and beans, are also included.

Additionally, the measure applies to asparagus, aubergines, celery, mushrooms, truffles, peppers, spinach, artichokes, unprepared olives, pumpkins, courgettes, capers and fennel.

The zero VAT items are added to those already under the category, which include bread. milk, eggs, baby food and nappies, feminine hygiene products and adult diapers.