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Countries Implementing Policies, Taking Actions To Force Companies To Reduce Sugar, Salt, Fat In Effort To Address NCDs

Financial Times: Manufacturers respond to health edicts in food and drink recipes
“…President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka marked World Diabetes Day in November by joining a walk in the capital city of Colombo, as he has for the past eight years. This time, however, the country’s president did something unusual. During a speech, he brandished the distinctive green pack of Milo, a popular chocolate malt drink manufactured by Nestlé and aimed at children, demanding the world’s biggest food company reduce the product’s sugar content. … In response, Nestlé said that over the past five years it had cut the amount of added sugar in Milo by 32 percent and that the drink now contains less than five percent sucrose — equivalent to two teaspoons of sugar. The public spat marked a new front in a battle that has gradually moved from nutritional experts and health-conscious consumers to politicians, who are increasingly taking legislative action to force companies to go easy on sugar, salt, and fat in foods…” (Daneshkhu, 12/6).

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