Sri Lanka to introduce red labels for drinks with excessive sugar: Health Ministry

Apr 13, 2015 (LBO) – The Health and Indigenous Medicine Ministry will soon introduce a special red label, on bottled drinks which have excessive sugar content, the Ministry said in a statement.

“Manufacturers and importers should display a red label if the sugar content of the drink is over 11 grams per 100 milliliters,” Dr. Palitha Mahipala, Health Services Director General was quoted as saying in a statement.

Mahipala also pointed out that the public can reach the Food Unit of the Health and Indigenous Medicine Ministry on 0112368813 to complain about unhygienic food.

“Once a complaint is made the Public Health Inspector and the Medical Officer of Health will be sent to conduct instant raids to detect such food outlets.”
Mahipala requested the public to purchase fruits rather than artificial sweets and sugar added food items such as cakes when buying gifts for friends and relatives during the festive season.