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An added sugars definition for Australia


Added Sugar labelling policy report

Australia’s food supply requires more honest labelling of added sugars.

VicHealth has commissioned The George Institute for Global Health to conduct research to inform the development of a regulatory definition of added sugars for Australia and New Zealand.

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In August 2019, the Australia and New Zealand’s Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Forum) requested Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to review nutrition labelling for added sugars. At that time, the Forum noted that the option to quantify added sugars in the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) best met the objective of providing clearer labelling of sugars for better health outcomes.  

FSANZ is currently reviewing whether and how the Food Standards Code should be amended, including technical issues such as how ‘added sugars’ should be defined in any regulatory updates.

To support FSANZ’s ongoing work, in 2023 we conducted a rapid review of recent scientific evidence and relevant policy action to update relevant sections of this report. Version 3 of the Report incorporating this new evidence is now available at the link above.

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Artwork Credit: Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022, acrylic on canvas. Learn more about this artwork.