NEWS: Singapore’s Proposed Nutri-Grade Labeling – free content

On April 1, 2021, the Republic of Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its proposed new nutrition labelling scheme named “Nutri-Grade” for non-alcoholic beverages sold in Singapore.

The MOH has introduced a grading system for non alcoholic beverages based on sugar and saturated fat content. There will be four colour-coded grades: ‘A’ (dark green), ‘B’ (light green), ‘C’ (yellow) and ‘D’ (red), ranging from the lowest to the highest sugar and saturated fat content. The “Nutri-Grade mark” will be mandatory for beverages Graded “C” or “D” under the new grading system. Prohibitions will be imposed on advertisements relating to Nutri-Grade beverages Graded “D”.

Additionally, the sugar content of the beverage, expressed as a percentage of the total volume, will need to be displayed along with nutritional information indicating energy content, number of carbohydrates, total sugar, fat, saturated fat and protein contained in the beverage.

The proposed date of adoption for these amendments is June 30, 2021 with an entry into force of June 30, 2022.

Please find below Singapore’s WTO notification G/TBT/N/SGP/59 and a chart summarizing the proposal for your consideration.

Should you have any comments or feedback specific to your sector, please provide them to the Market Access Secretariat at aafc.mas-sam.aac@canada.ca by May 7, 2021.

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