Labelling Claims for ‘No Added Sugar’ in South East Asia

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Are there certain provisions or regulations in Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand regarding a ‘No Sugar Added’ claim on a product’s label?

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  1. TheRiceBowl.asia
    September 2, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Please refer attached file.


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    • tiancai.l
      October 14, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Further to my above question, could you please provide guideline for claim of “No Cane Sugar Added”?

      There are a few products in the Malaysia and Singapore market with label claim of ” No Cane Sugar Added”. kindly refer below link for reference:

      http://www.unisoy.com.sg/nutritious-soya-milk-powder-no-cane-sugar-added-single.html
      http://www.fairprice.com.sg/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&productId=75312&urlRequestType=Base&catalogId=10051
      http://www.daganghalal.com/Directory/ProductDetails.aspx?cid=3592&pid=10387

       

      Kindly advise how to make such claim and provide guideline from local authority.

       

      Thank you.

      • TheRiceBowl.asia
        October 17, 2016 at 5:05 pm

        According to Malaysia Guide to Nutrition Labelling and Claims, for making claims on “free of”, words of similar meaning may also be used, eg other words such as “zero” and “no” may also be used.

         

        The guidelines of nutrient content claims for Sugar in Malaysia and Singapore are as follows:

         

        Malaysia
        Component Claim Not more than
        Sugar*

         

        *Refers to all monosaccharides and disaccharides.

        Free 0.5g per 100g (solid) or

        0.5g per 100ml (liquid)

         

        Singapore
        Component Claim Guidelines
        Sugars”

         

         

        • No Added Sugar
        • Without Added Sugar
        No sugars or ingredients with added sugar, honey, malt and malt extract, with the exception of sugar alcohols, are added during processing
        • Sugar Free
        • Free of Sugar
        • Lactose Free
        ≤ 0.5 g sugars per 100 g or 100 ml +

        Meal Type Product – ≤ 0.5 g sugars per serving +

        + Sugar alcohols may be considered in these guidelines.

        # If a food is naturally low in sugar without any special processing done to lower the sugar content, the food is to be labelled with the word ‘naturally’ (e.g. Cider vinegar, a naturally sugar-free food).

         

        Definition:

        Sugars – Simple carbohydrates, that are molecules of either single sugar units (monosaccharides) or pairs of those sugar units (disaccharides) bonded together, including – hexose monosaccharides and disaccharides, e.g. dextrose, fructose, sucrose and lactose – starch hydrolysate – glucose syrups, maltodextrin and similar products – products derived at a sugar refinery – icing sugar, invert sugar, fruit sugar syrup.

        Source: A Handbook on Nutrition Labelling (Singapore)


         

        Reference:

        1. Food Safety and Quality Division of Ministry of Health. (2010). Malaysia Guide to Nutrition Labelling and Claims.
        2. Health Promotion Board. (2015). A Handbook on Nutrition Labelling (Singapore).
        • tiancai.l
          October 26, 2016 at 3:09 pm

          How about Palatinose (Isomaltulose), can we make claim for “No Sugar Added? This is referring to the attached marketing material.


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  2. tiancai.l
    September 8, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Based on your answer, can i conclude that there is no way to claim “No added Sugar” in Malaysia?

    • TheRiceBowl.asia
      October 17, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      According to Malaysia Guide to Nutrition Labelling and Claims, for making claims on “free of”, words of similar meaning may also be used, eg other words such as “zero” and “no” may also be used.

      Reference:
      Food Safety and Quality Division of Ministry of Health. (2010). Malaysia Guide to Nutrition Labelling and Claims.

      • tiancai.l
        October 26, 2016 at 1:22 pm

        Do you mean the claim for ” No added Sugar / Without sugar added” equal to “Sugar Free / Free of Sugar”?
        In a cookie recipe, all sugar(Sucrose)  was replaced by Isomalt and Stevia, however the total sugar content was > 0.5g per 100g (sugar content from others source of carbohydrate, such as flour, chocolate, nuts, raisin), can we make claim for “No added sugar” in Malaysia?

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