Labels with tobacco style warnings about the added sugar our processed foods contain could soon be a reality – if we can convince politicians that our health matters more than corporate profit.

Right now, food labels are confusing. They don’t tell us how much sugar occurs naturally and how much is added.

Health ministers from Australia and New Zealand will meet about added sugar labelling on 7 December and this is our chance to ensure our voices are heard. Please contact your local minister letting them know you’d like to see:

  1. Added sugar on the nutrition panel
  2. Added sugar clearly identified in the ingredients list
  3. Warning labels about high levels of added sugar are front of pack, like they have done in Chile, where the Ministry of Health issues black stop signs with a simple warning: HIGH IN SUGAR.

The World Health Organisation recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar each day. We need labels on the front of products that make it clear that excess sugar is dangerous to our health.

Clear labels will help Australians address the sugar fuelled obesity crisis, reducing rates of serious illness and ensuring a healthy future for our kids.




Add your voice to the call for clear labelling of added sugar!

    Dear [your State Health Minister name will be automatically entered],

    Dear Minister

    Australia is in the grip of a public health crisis largely caused by too much sugar in our diet. Eating too much added sugar has a proven link to serious health problems including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, dementia and mental health issues.

    The World Health Organisation recommends we consume 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day but Australians are having 14-16 on average.  

    Right now added sugar labelling on processed foods and drinks is deceptive, making it extremely difficult to know how much added sugar is in our food.

    Like the majority of Australians, I want to see comprehensive added sugar labelling – SugarByHalf national polling, undertaken by Essential Research, shows 85% of Australians want a new labelling scheme for food products that highlights added sugar.

    Please Minister, at December’s meeting, use your vote to protect our health by choosing clear added sugar labeling. I want to see:

    1. Added sugar labelling in the Nutrition Information Panel
    2. Added sugar is clearly identified in the ingredients list
    3. Warning labels for foods high in added sugar, like they have done in Chile, where the Ministry of Health issues black stop signs with a simple warning: HIGH IN SUGAR.

    Please Minister, we need your help to choose healthier options by ensuring processed food and drink products are clearly labelled.

    Reducing our added sugar consumption is one of the most effective ways we can tackle our public health crisis, reduce the costs on our health system and ensure a healthy future for our kids.




    Yours faithfully,
    [Your name will be automatically added]

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