Colour coding for solid food from June 1st onwards

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The Ministry of Health is introducing colour coding (traffic light system) for solid food including biscuits and sweetmeats from the 1st of June onwards, according to a spokesperson of the Ministry.

The system will be implemented with the intention of protecting the public from non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The colour codes indicate the sugar, salt and fat content of food.

Accordingly, if the sugar content is 22g per 100g of a specific food, the colour code will be red. If the sugar content is between 8g and 22g per 100g, the colour code will be amber. For the foods that have less than 8g of sugar content, the colour code will be green.

If the salt content in 100g of a specific food is 1.25g, the colour code will be red. If the salt content is between 0.25g and 1.25g, the colour code will be amber. For the foods that have less than 0.25g of salt content, the colour code will be green.

Moreover, if the fat content of 100 g of specific food is 17.5 g, the colour code will be red. If the fat content is between 3g and 17.5g, the colour code will be amber. The green colour code will be given if the fat content is less than 3g.

The system will not be applied for primary agricultural products, spices, single ingredient products, food recommended by medical practitioners and infant formulas.

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