Dear [your State Health Minister name will be automatically entered],
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:
- Added sugar labelling in the Nutrition Information Panel
- Added sugar is clearly identified in the ingredients list
- 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.
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