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Explainer: How will nutrition labels for freshly prepared drinks high in sugar and fat content work?

Explainer: How will nutrition labels for freshly prepared drinks high in sugar and fat content work?
Food-and-beverage (F&B) outlets will have to include nutrition labels in their menus for freshly-made sweet drinks with higher levels of sugar and saturated fat come end-2023, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung announced last Thursday (Aug 11).

The Nutri-Grade system — which will be used to grade pre-packaged drinks from Dec 30 based on their sugar and saturated fats content — will be extended to freshly-made drinks, such as those brewed from coffeeshops, freshly squeezed juices and bubble tea.

The labelling is to “provide Singaporeans with the right information to make their own healthy choices and also at the same time encourage manufacturers to reformulate products and create healthier options,” said then Senior Minister of State for Health Minister Edwin Tong in March 2020 when he announced the scheme.

The grades range from A to D, with D being the unhealthiest. 

Those high in sugar and saturated fats will get a C or D rank, requiring them to have a Nutri-Grade label on their packaging. Drinks ranked D will also face advertising restrictions.

The latest move to extend the labels to freshly-made drinks have prompted some sellers of such drinks to ask how the nutrition content will be measured.

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