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Commitment to added sugar labelling will better inform healthier food choices

Added sugars are a major contributor to unhealthy diets. Over half of Australians exceed recommended sugar intakes, increasing obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay.

Food labels currently show total sugar content, but don’t distinguish between naturally occurring sugars (like in fruit), and sugars added by manufacturers.

Working with other partners, experts from The George have joined in a multi-pronged process of change around food labelling, transparency and awareness raising.

In August 2019, Food Ministers from Australia and New Zealand agreed to require manufacturers to quantify the amount of ‘added sugars’ in the nutrient panel.

The George will continue to press for transparent food labelling to help consumers make healthier choices, and encourage manufacturers to reduce added sugars.

Read our media coverage in the Sydney Morning Herald.

See our submission on added sugar labelling.