What is Nestlé’s response to the WHO public consultation on its draft guideline on free sugars?

   
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REFORMULATING RECIPES: As part of our commitment to constantly improve the nutritional profile of our products.

What is Nestlé’s response to the WHO public consultation on its draft guideline on free sugars?

We welcome the World Health Organization’s Draft Guideline: Sugar Intake for Adults and Children. We support its recommendation that you reduce the consumption of free sugars throughout the course of your life. We also support the recommendation that your intake of free sugars should not exceed 10% of your total energy intake, whether you are an adult or a child.

The draft guideline says that further reducing free sugar intake to below 5% requires more substantial consultation among stakeholders before it can be adopted as policy. We agree, this is a complex subject and we welcome further solid science and debate on sugars and their impact on non-communicable diseases. We keep abreast of all scientific developments in the field and we are firmly committed to making a constructive contribution to the debate.

What are free sugars?

Free sugars are defined by the WHO as “all monosaccharides and disaccharides added to foods by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, plus sugars naturally present in honey, syrup and fruit juices.” So for instance the sugar you would add to your tea, often called table sugar, is a free sugar.

What is Nestlé doing to reduce the content of sugars in food and beverages?

We have committed to reduce the sugar content of any serving of children’s or teenager’s breakfast cereal brands to 9g or less by serving by 2015.

We will further reduce sugar content by 10% by weight in products that do not meet the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria. You can read our commitment to further reduce sugar in our products and check our progress so far in the Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value Report (pdf, 14Mb).

There is also more detail on how we do this in the Nestlé Policy on Sugars (pdf, 2 Mb).

How much sugar have you removed from your products?

As part of our commitment to constantly improve the nutritional profile of our products, Nestlé has been reducing sugar in many products, especially children’s products, for years. Between 2000 and 2013 we reduced the amount of table sugar (a free sugar) in our products by 32%.

What are the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria?

To assess the nutritional value of our products, we have established a rigorous methodology based on recommendations issued by authorities such as the World Health Organization. This is called the Nestlé Nutritional Profiling System. Each product is measured against specific criteria. The criteria are regularly reviewed by nutrition experts and product specialists to incorporate the latest thinking and developments in nutrition, health and wellness.

The Nestlé Nutritional Profiling System helps us assess whether a Nestlé product achieves the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria. This means it fulfils the nutritional criteria to be appropriate as a frequent choice in a balanced diet. The Nestlé Nutritional Profiling System has been progressively applied across Nestlé products worldwide since 2004.


Read what Nestlé is doing to reduce sugar in its products

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