China Restricts the Sale of High-Sugar Foods to Children

by 范皓菲 | Source HNC | Mar 04,2019


On February 15th, the National Health Commission issued the Health Oral Action Plan (2019-2025) to launched a special action to reduce sugar. Combined with the healthy campus construction, the primary and secondary schools and child care institutions restrict the sale of high-sugar drinks and snacks, and the canteens reduce the supply of sugary drinks and high-sugar foods. To teach residents about healthy food choices and healthy cooking techniques, encourage companies to make “low sugar” or “no sugar” claims, and improve consumers' ability to confirm the addition of sugar to food nutrition labels.


Long-term consumption of high-sugar foods will increase the risk of dental caries and obesity in children, not only affecting oral chewing and pronunciation, but may even induce systemic diseases such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and digestive diseases.


Therefore, China advocates a “low-sugar” diet, restricts the sale of high-sugar foods, and reduces children’s “dependence” on high-sweet diets, which can effectively reduce the intake of sugar and achieve oral health.


According to GB 28050-2011 Food Safety National Standards for Prepackaged Food Nutrition Labels, foods with carbohydrate content ≤0.5g/100g (solid) or 100mL (liquid) can be claimed for no sugar; foods with carbohydrate content ≤5g/100g (solid) or 100mL (liquid) can be claimed for low sugar.


For children's food exported to China, we recommend reducing the sugar content of the product and if appropriate, labeling the “low sugar” or “no sugar” on the food label.