Unic Press UK: The government of the People’s Republic of China has set out a plan – covering the period from 2019 to 2025 – to reduce sugar intake, hoping to improve oral health in the country by improving its oral disease prevention and control measures.
In the plan stipulated by the National Health Commission, there would be a restriction on the sale of snacks and beverages that have high sugar content; and schools would be required to offer less sweetened beverages and sugar-rich foods, the Xinhua News Agency reports. “A goal has been set to cut the caries incidence among 12-year-old children from 34.5 percent in 2016 to under 30 percent by 2025. It expects the average remaining teeth of seniors aged between 65 and 74 to reach 24 by 2025, while the figure was 22.5 in 2016.”
The plan includes encouraging food manufacturers to use “reduced sugar” or “sugar-free” claims, and help the populace (especially consumers) to learn how to identify added sugars on the labels placed on products.