The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be taking steps to reduce the high consumption of sugar among the local population, in keeping with the global move to stem the increase of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes.

Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Luke Browne said that in an effort to promote healthy eating, the government is considering imposing increased taxes on sugar sweetened beverages, direction for the reduction of sugar content in processed foods, and the introduction of nutrition fact labelling that specifies the sugar content of certain foods.

Minister Browne said consideration is also being given to limiting the sale of unhealthy foods and drinks in school zones.

Minister Browne said his Ministry continues to sensitize schools’ staff, students and vendors about necessary measures to take to reduce their sugar intake.

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