Jamaica News: Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. the Hon Christopher Tufton is welcoming the efforts of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) in pushing for Front of Package Labelling for food products in order to provide consumers with information to make healthier food choices.
In his message to a stakeholder forum dubbed ‘Moving Towards Front of Package Nutrition Labelling in Jamaica’ hosted by the HFJ at the Hilton Rose Hall, Montego Bay recently, Dr. Tufton said overweight and obesity are among the major risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
“The reality is that obesity which affects some 50 percent of our population is a major contributor to NCDs such as cardiovascular disease, cancers and others. It is important for us to recognise that reality. The contributing factors that impact obesity and overweight, [include] overconsumption or excessive consumption of sugary drinks, fatty foods and sodium,” he stated.
Dr. Tufton noted that the use of Front of Package Labelling for food products will provide consumers with the necessary information for healthier food choices.
“This is why the forum to discuss front of package labelling, I believe, is very important and relevant to our population at this point in time. I commend the Heart Foundation of Jamaica for this initiative and to encourage the support of all stakeholders and indeed all Jamaicans as we work together to improve the health and wellness of our nation,” he stated. . The Bureau of Standards
Jamaica (BSJ) is carrying out assessments to determine the food labelling model that will work best for the country, as the Government moves closer to making front of package labelling mandatory in Jamaica.
Currently at least six models are being examined by the entity.
The forum was hosted by the HFJ through its Global Health Advocacy Project and was in keeping with the entity’s continued efforts to fight obesity and NCDs through mandatory and front of package labelling in Jamaica.
Source: JIS News