Minister of Health Ong Ye Kung said on 11 August that MOH will be taking additional steps to tackle the issues of obesity and high sugar intake in Singapore.
He cited Singaporeans’ daily sugar intake and traced it to beverages, and said that from 30 December 2022 onwards, beverages with higher sugar and saturated fat will need to have a Nutri-Grade mark.
He added that he hopes consumers will associate the marking with high sugar drinks and avoid them.
Ong also added that MOH will be banning advertisements for drinks with the highest level of sugar and saturated fat.
MOH will also be implementing similar measures for freshly prepared drinks such as freshly squeezed juices, bubble teas and brews such as coffee and milk teas, describing them as a “growing source of sugar in Singaporeans’ diets”.
For these drinks with higher levels of sugars, the businesses will need to add the Nutri-Grade mark to their menus.