In an email sent to members on 10 November, CHOICE urges all conumers to support its latest campaign for clear added sugar labelling in Australia. The email reads:
“Right now food companies don’t have to declare how much sugar they add to their food products. This makes it almost impossible for Australians to follow health advice to reduce added sugar intake.
But if we act now this could change soon. Health Ministers are meeting in just a few weeks, and they’re set to decide whether food companies should label added sugar.
Labels are for consumers, they are not for food companies to hide information about what is in their product. Can you take a minute to tell your state or territory Health Minister you want clear added sugar labelling?
Added sugar can cause lifelong damage to your teeth - everything from cavities to irreparable tooth damage. The stories and statistics are horrifying: In 2013 over 63,000 people (mostly children) were hospitalised due to preventable dental issues such as cavities or tooth decay.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. That’s why we’re teaming up with the Australian Dental Association to let people know about the dental risks associated with added sugar.