Sugar


England’s Public Health body reports on sugar reduction plans

Food companies have only managed a 3% sugar reduction in food products, Public Health England (PHE) reported in a report assessing its voluntary sugar reduction plan from 2015 to 2019. The Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL), however, did achieve more significant results with sugar levels in drinks falling by 44% compared to previous years. Sugar […]


New US study shows benefits of Sugar tax models

A study published in the Circulation (official journal from the American Heart Association) showed a simulation model of different designs of taxes on sugary drinks (linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes), suggesting that all tax designs would generate substantial health gains. Boston researchers created a nationally representative microsimulation model to test three types of […]


Many food products analysed in the EU market may contribute to unhealthy diets

A recent study of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) reveals that many packaged food products frequently sold in the EU market contain very high levels of sugar, saturated fat, and salt, while levels of fibres are too low, which may contribute to poor diets that lead to obesity and other severe health issues, […]


Mexico to present new rules to fight against obesity

The Mexican government will soon present new rules which require processed foods containing high levels of sugar, saturated fat, sodium and calories to display warning labels. As obesity problems are severe in Mexico, especially among young individuals, three UN agencies urged Mexico to adopt such measure to tackle the issue of obesity. Previously, the government […]


Singapore to ban adverts promoting drinks with high sugar content to tackle obesity and diabetes

Singapore will soon become the first country to target aggressive marketing practices as promotion of drinks with high sugar content will be banned from adverts. As diabetes and obesity run rampant in Singapore, it is of the utmost importance that consumers are able to make informed choice in the interest of their own health. We […]


EFSA extends its deadline to give an opinion on added sugars

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delayed the release of its opinion concerning added sugar until 2021. As obesity, type 2 diabete, tooth decay or cardiovascular diseases diseases run rampant, firm & quick decisions must be taken at EU level to protect consumers. Read it in details here.


WHO Europe highlights high sugar content in baby food and inappropriate industry marketing

Up to 60% of baby foods are incorrectly marketed as suitable for infants under the age of 6 months, according to a new study of the World Health Organisation (WHO) published on 15 July 2019. SAFE took part in the launching event of these studies to share consumers’ concerns about excessive sugar in commercial products. […]