Urge for Government to introduce 'added sugar' labels


The New Zealand Dental Association and Consumer NZ are urging the government to introduce "added sugar" labels on food and drinks.

Rob Beaglehole, New Zealand Dental Association spokesperson on sugary drinks, joins The AM Show to discuss the proposed sugar labels.

The organisations suggest that packaging should include symbols that tell consumers the number of teaspoons of sugar within the product.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), children should have a maximum of 3 teaspoons a day and adults 6 teaspoons a day.

[Children] are getting 80 teaspoons of sugar a day.

The call comes ahead of the trans-Tasman Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation later this week. 

Watch the full interview with Rob Beaglehole above. 

The AM Show with Duncan Garner, Amanda Gillies and Mark Richardson, weekdays 6-9am on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.