Singapore may well become the first country in the world to ban the sale of packaged drinks with high sugar content. This is one of the moves the Ministry of Health (MOH) is contemplating in its efforts to cut the high sugar intake among people here – a major contributor to obesity and diabetes. MOH and the Health Promotion Board are seeking feedback on four proposed measures to cut sugar intake from drinks, which include dry three-in-one mixes, cordials, yogurt drinks, fruit juices and soda drinks. Such drinks account for more than half the 12 teaspoons of sugar that people here take each day on average. Many packaged sweetened beverages are loaded with sugar, with one in four containing 5.5 teaspoons of sugar or more. The four proposals that MOH is seeking views on are: A total ban on pre-packed high-sugar drinks; Single or tiered taxes on high-sugar drinks; Mandatory front-of-pack labelling on sugar/nutrition content; and A ban on advertisements for high-sugar drinks on all platforms, including social media and buses. Singapore already does not allow the sale of medium-to-high-sugar drinks in schools and on government premises. Many companies also refrain from advertising high-sugar drinks to children, for example, during… Read full this story
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