Recommendation 12 of an independent review of food labelling stated that where sugars, fats or vegetable oils are added as separate ingredients in a food, the terms ‘added sugars’ and ‘added fats’ and/or ‘added vegetable oils’ be used in the ingredient list as the generic term, followed by a bracketed list (e.g., added sugars (fructose, glucose syrup, honey), added fats (palm oil, milk fat) or added vegetable oils (sunflower oil, palm oil).
Ministers responsible for food regulation asked FSANZ to undertake a technical evaluation and provide advice on the recommendation. FSANZ has completed this work.
At their meeting in November 2016, ministers noted FSANZ’s technical evaluation identified that labelling of sugars and fats/vegetable oils is a very complex issue and that there have been a number of developments in food labelling and dietary advice since the initial labelling review was undertaken. Ministers agreed that consideration of the recommendation should continue as two separate pieces of work as follows:
Read the full outcomes from ministers on the recommendation.
See the Food Regulation website for further updates on this work.