In April 2017 Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Forum) agreed to a Stage 1 work program on sugar. The following three reports where considered by the Forum during the meeting on 24 November 2017:
In light of findings in the reports the Forum agreed that information about sugar provided on food labels does not provide adequate contextual information to enable consumers to make informed choices in support of dietary guidelines.
The Forum also agreed that the case has been made to continue to Stage 2, i.e. to proceed through Gateway 1 of the Food Regulation Policy Framework options for sugar labelling.
The Forum also noted the range of existing complementary initiatives outside of the food regulation system that address sugar intakes, such as the five year review of the Health Star Rating system, policy work underway on the labelling of fats and oils, and the work of the Healthy Food Partnership.
The Forum intends to take a whole-of-diet, holistic approach to food labelling.