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Singapore tightens regulations on sweet drinks to tackle diabetes

Measures include ban on ads for products with highest levels of sugar

Beverages have been targeted because more than half of Singaporeans’ average 60-gram daily intake of sugar comes from beverages. (Photo by Mayuko Tani)

SINGAPORE -- Singapore will tighten regulations on displaying the sugar content of beverages at retailers in an effort to prevent rising levels of diabetes.

Starting Dec. 30, beverages will be ranked by sugar content, and those higher in sugar will have to display their classification. Beverages highest in sugar will be banned from placing ads. Drink stalls and restaurants will also be subject to the regulations, and the industry is rushing to take necessary measures.

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