Sugar Labelling

Page last updated: 06 March 2018

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:

Forum – FSANZ Report – Literature review relating to sugars and food labelling – 2017 (Word 289 KB)

Forum – FSANZ Report – Literature review relating to sugars and food labelling – 2017 (PDF 478 KB)

Forum – FSANZ Report – International sugar labelling approaches – 2017 (Word 866 KB)

Forum – FSANZ Report – International sugar labelling approaches – 2017 (PDF 888 KB)

Forum – Policy Context – Sugars in Australia and New Zealand – 2017 (Word 149 KB)

Forum – Policy Context – Sugars in Australia and New Zealand – 2017 (PDF 480 KB)

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.

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