The pros and cons of food labelling for healthy choices

Front-of-pack labelling of unhealthy sugary drinks a good move; can extend to other foods

As part of the national war on diabetes, four measures to reduce Singaporeans' sugar intake from pre-packaged sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) have been considered by the Ministry of Health, together with the Health Promotion Board (HPB).

These are: advertising regulations, mandatory front-of-pack labels, excise duty on such drinks and a nationwide ban on higher-sugar SSBs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2019, with the headline 'The pros and cons of food labelling for healthy choices'. Print Edition | Subscribe