Labelling of sugars on packaged foods and drinks – Policy paper

This paper provides policy options for labelling sugars on packaged foods and drinks for sale in Australia and New Zealand. The Food Regulation Standing Committee prepared this policy paper at the request of the food ministers.

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Policy paper
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This paper found that option 4 – quantify added sugars in the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) – had the greatest potential. This is because it:

  • best meets the desired outcome
  • provides a net benefit. 

Costs related to option 4 are minimised because the NIP is already part of the food label. 

This paper also found that applying option 6 – a pictorial approach – to sugary or sugar-sweetened beverages was worth considering.

This paper draws on the feedback from the consultation on the labelling of sugars on packaged foods and drinks.

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