Public Consultation on Possible Measures for Pre-Packaged Sugar-Sweetened Beverages


Ministry of Health - Epidemiology & Disease Control Division

Consultation Period: 04 Dec 2018 - 25 Jan 2019
Status: Closed
Executive Summary

As part of Singapore’s War on Diabetes, the Ministry of Health (“MOH”) and the Health Promotion Board (“HPB”) would like to seek views on possible measures to reduce Singaporeans’ sugar intake from pre-packaged sugar-sweetened beverages (“SSBs”). 

Need to further reduce Singaporeans’ sugar intake
We don't need any sugar in our diet, yet we consume 12 teaspoons daily.

Drinking an additional 250ml packet of sugary drink every day increases our risk of diabetes by up to 26 percent.

Sugar levels in medium and higher-sugar drinks remain high.

Possible Measures on SSBs 

2. A growing number of jurisdictions have adopted measures to reduce sugar intake from SSBs. MOH has studied them carefully and wish to seek views on four possible non-mutually exclusive measures.

3. Please see Annex A for the Public Consultation paper.

Have your say on these four possible measures to reduce Singaporeans’ sugar intake, starting with pre-packaged sugar-sweetened beverages.
Sugar-sweetened beverages refer to drinks containing added sugar as well as juices with naturally occurring sugar.

Mandatory front-of-pack nutrition label.

Advertising regulations.

Excise duty on manufacturers and importers of pre-packaged SSBs.

Nationwide ban on sale of pre-packaged higher-sugar drinks.

Consultation Details

4. The closing date for the submission of views and feedback is 6:00pm, 25 January 2019. Please respond online via the survey below. 

5. All responses received by the closing date will be carefully considered. A final report summarising the submissions and the Government’s response will be published.