Online grocery stores must provide foods' nutritional value

The article about nutrition labels on food items was well-written and interesting (How buyers can be duped by food labels; June 26).

With many Singaporean households buying their groceries online, it is important that details such as the nutritional value of food items be made available on these e-shopping sites.

Perhaps, the consumer could use an opt-in screen which shows such details.

Another suggestion is to have an online calorie or sugar calculator so that consumers are given more information before they make their payments.

Government agencies can help by offering logistical and computational advice to ensure this nutritional information is provided without too much hassle and in real time.

Colin Ong Tau Shien

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2018, with the headline 'Online grocery stores must provide foods' nutritional value'. Print Edition | Subscribe