Bubble tea, other freshly prepared beverages to receive Nutri-Grade labels from Dec 30

Beverage toppings such as pearls, jellies and whipped cream will also be labelled with sugar declaration marks.

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Published: 3 July 2023, 2:27 PM

Nutri-Grade labelling requirements and advertising prohibitions will take effect from Dec 30 for freshly prepared beverages such as bubble tea. The beverages are to be graded based on the sugar and saturated fat content.

These measures are part of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Health Promotion Board’s (HPB) long-term strategy to shape consumer behaviour, by further reducing sugar intake in the population.

Previously, Nutri-Grade marks were mandated on prepackaged beverages in 2022.

The labelling marks will now be expanded to freshly prepared beverages sold in food and beverage (F&B) outlets, catering establishments, digital platforms, hotels, workplaces, educational institutions, healthcare institutions and childcare facilities.

Freshly prepared beverages must be graded “A”, “B”, “C”, or “D” on menus. This would indicate a sugar and saturated fat level less than or equivalent to zero per cent, four per cent, eight per cent and 12 per cent respectively.

It is optional for beverages with the “A” and “B” grade to be labelled on physical or menus, but is required for “C” and “D” grade beverages.

Additional beverage toppings such as pearls, jellies and whipped cream will also be labelled with sugar declaration marks.


An example of a beverage menu with their simplified Nutri-Grade marks and toppings with their sugar declaration marks. PHOTO CREDIT: MINISTRY OF HEALTH


The advertising of “D” grade beverages is also prohibited.

Establishments that do not comply with the measures are punishable upon conviction with a fine not exceeding $1,000. In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, a fine not exceeding $2,000 will be issued.

A summary of the new requirements and industry usage guides can be accessed through MOH’s website.

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