Australia’s food supply requires more honest labelling of added sugars. As public health advocates, it’s important we use consistent messaging and framing to present a united front.
VicHealth commissioned The George Institute for Global Health to conduct research to inform the development of a regulatory definition of added sugars for Australia and New Zealand.
In August 2019, the Australia and New Zealand’s Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Forum) requested Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to review nutrition labelling for added sugars. At that time, the Forum noted that the option to quantify added sugars in the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) best met the objective of providing clearer labelling of sugars for better health outcomes.
FSANZ is currently reviewing whether and how the Food Standards Code should be amended, including technical issues such as how ‘added sugars’ should be defined in any regulatory updates.