Sweet drinks still being sold on government premises

Vending machines in the National Library were found to carry carbonated drinks, despite there being less than a month left to the implementing of the new Healthier Drinks Policy.
Vending machines in the National Library were found to carry carbonated drinks, despite there being less than a month left to the implementing of the new Healthier Drinks Policy.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Several still in midst of changing menu with implementation of Healthier Drinks Policy looming

Many businesses on government premises have yet to clear their shelves of sweet drinks, with less than a month to go for the implementation of the Healthier Drinks Policy. The Health Promotion Board's (HPB) Whole-of-Government Healthier Drinks Policy, which takes effect from May 2018, states that all pre-packaged drinks sold on government premises should meet the Healthier Choice Symbol (HCS) lower-in-sugar guidelines.

By default, freshly prepared coffee, tea and malted drinks should also have no added sugar.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 10, 2018, with the headline 'Sweet drinks still being sold on government premises'. Print Edition | Subscribe