Singapore becomes first country in the world to ban adverts for drinks with high sugar content

Singapore turns into first nation on the earth to ban adverts for drinks with excessive sugar content material

  • Singapore will pressure drink-makers to label merchandise grading the sugar content material 
  • The worst offenders will likely be banned from promoting on TV, in print and on-line 
  • Well being ministry continues to be contemplating a sugar tax or outright ban on the drinks 
  • Singapore has second-highest charge of grownup diabetics amongst superior nations 

Singapore will grow to be the primary nation on the earth to ban adverts for drinks containing excessive ranges of sugar in an effort to fight rising charges of diabetes. 

The island-state’s heath ministry introduced Thursday that merchandise deemed ‘much less wholesome’ will now have to hold labels grading their sugar content material, with the worst offenders banned from promoting throughout TV, print and on-line.  

‘This goals to cut back the affect of such ads on shopper preferences,’ the ministry mentioned, calling the ban a world-first.

Singapore will pressure drink firms to place labels on their merchandise rating their sugar content material, and the worst offenders will likely be banned from promoting (file picture)

It added that the measures have been solely a begin and it’ll proceed to discover the potential for a sugar tax or ban.

‘We urge SSB (sugar-sweetened drinks) producers to contemplate reformulating their drinks to include much less sugar whilst we additional examine these measures,’ it mentioned.

The ministry mentioned it can receive business suggestions within the coming months on the best way to implement the measures and announce extra particulars subsequent 12 months.

An Worldwide Diabetes Federation report in 2015 discovered that 13.7 per cent of Singaporean adults have diabetes, the second-highest charge in developed nations.

The island-state's health ministry announced the world-first ban Thursday, and said they are still considering further moves such as a sugar tax (file)

The island-state’s well being ministry introduced the world-first ban Thursday, and mentioned they’re nonetheless contemplating additional strikes resembling a sugar tax (file)

Diabetes is attributable to having an excessive amount of sugar within the blood, and there are two varieties – Sort 1, which is genetic and can’t be handled, and Sort 2, which is attributable to poor food plan and lack of train.

Some 420 million folks world wide at present undergo from diabetes, with the quantity anticipated to rise to 629 million by 2045, in accordance with the Worldwide Diabetes Federation. 

It’s thought that round 90 per cent of the world’s diabetics undergo from Sort 2. In Singapore, this might translate to some 360,000 folks. 

Different advertising and marketing bans world wide have targeted on limiting youngsters’s publicity to junk meals adverts.