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Review of sugar labelling

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posted by Research Admin 1 on 3 October 2019

Food Standards Australia New Zealand September 2019 news, Edition 175 

Since 2017 the Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation has been looking at sugar labelling and how to give Australian and New Zealand consumers better information about added sugar in food to help them make informed choices that support the dietary guidelines.

In August 2019, ministers responsible for food regulation asked FSANZ to review labelling for added sugars. The request was in response to a policy paper on the labelling of sugars on packaged foods and drinks which found that information about added sugars on food labels is limited and/or unclear, which limits the consumers' ability to make to make food choices consistent with dietary guidance.

Ministers agreed that a pictorial approach applied to sugary beverages/sugar-sweetened beverages should be looked at, along with other options, pending the response to the Health Star Rating five-year review.