In a recent opinion piece Consumers SA Committee Member Elaine Attwood put together the pros and cons of sugar labelling - which has been introduced in some countries and is being considered by others [see the "SUGAR TAX" article below].

At its meeting on the 29 April, the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation discussed the important issue of sugar labelling. As a result the Ministers agreed to commence a program of work on sugar labelling that will include: gathering evidence on consumers’ understanding of food labels and looking at the approaches being taken on this type of labelling in other countries.

This is to ensure that food labels deliver consumers with relevant and useful information to assist them in their food choices.  The program of work will be presented to the Ministers' Forum when next they meet in November, 2017.

Consumers SA will endeavour to keep members informed on this issue. Elaine will follow it up at an Australia and New Zealand Food Standards Packaging Advisory Group Meeting she is attending in early June. The Ministerial Forum said that it is important to have an "engaged public" on sugar labelling and Consumers SA is interested in learning exactly how consumers will be invited to contribute.


AuthorRay Dennis