The colouring writing (traffic light system) was introduced for solid food, especially biscuits and sweetmeats, by the Health Ministry from January 1, 2020, Health Ministry – Environmental, Occupational Health and Food Safety Director Dr Dian
Dr Dian said the international traffic signal system is now operational so as to guard the general public against non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart diseases, kidney diseases, hypertension and cancer. it’ll help people to pick food consistent with their health requirements.
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According to Consultant Dr Dian, if the sugar content in 100 grammes of a food item is 22 grammes, the code should be read and if it’s between eight grammes and 22 grammes per 100 grammes, the code should be amber. If the sugar content in 100 grammes of a food item is a smaller amount than eight grammes, the code should be green.
If the salt content in 100 grammes of a selected food is 1.25 grammes, the code is going to be red and if it’s between 0.25 grammes and 1.25 grammes, the colour code is going to be amber. The code are going to be green if the salt content is a smaller amount than 0.25 grammes.
If the fat content in 100 grammes of a selected food is 17.5 grammes, the code are going to be red and if it’s between three grammes and 17.5 grammes, the color code are going to be amber. The green colour code are going to be given if the fat content is a smaller amount than three grammes.
The new traffic signal system won’t be applied for any primary agricultural product, spices, single ingredient product, foods recommended by medical practitioners, bulk packs of retail products and infant milk formulae.
A similar system was introduced in 2016 for sweetened drinks available within the local market. consistent with the rule, manufacturers or importers should display the red label if the sugar content of a drink is over 11 grammes per 100 millilitres. All locally produced and imported beverage and ade cans, bottles and packets except milk should display labels altogether three languages. An amber-coloured label should indicate the medium-level sugar content (between two and 11 grammes per 100 ml). A green label should be displayed for drinks which contain but two grammes of sugar in 100 millilitres.
The Health Ministry conducted islandwide raids through MOHs and PHIs to detect beverages that had no sugar content labels. action was taken under Article 32 of the Food Act Number 26 of 1980 against manufacturers, sellers and distributors for not having sugar content labels on beverages.