Australian consumer advocacy group CHOICE has launched a campaign to tell State and Territory Food Ministers to improve sugar labelling.
The campaign states that there are currently “over 43 different names used for added sugar in the ingredient list”.
Due to this fact, CHOICE said: “It is complicated or impenetrable to try and distinguish sugars occurring naturally in foods from those with little or no nutritional benefits that can damage our health”.
CHOICE notes that the problem with current food labels is that there’s no clear way of knowing how much sugar has been added, as the labels aren’t clear enough.
“People need clear and accurate information to make informed choices about their food,” the campaign said.
“As it stands now, Australian food labelling requirements don’t help people to follow the advice on added sugars set by leading national and international health institutions.
“CHOICE is calling on Food and Health Ministers to take action on added sugar and label it clearly on food products.
“They have been reviewing the world health organisation’s recommendations and are close to forming an approach which you can help influence.”
To learn more about the CHOICE campaign, or to add to your name to the list people requesting the labels be changed, visit CHOICE campaigns.