The bill to impose a cap on sugar content on food and drinks is expected to pass through parliament over the next few months.
Companies in the food and beverage industry that manufacture products with a higher amount of sugar and sweeteners would have higher taxes imposed on them, said Tipvon Parinyasiri, director of the FDA’s Food Control Division.
At present, the country does not have a limit on the amount of sugar that goes into food and drink. It is common for food and beverages to have a high sugar content that reaches double digits. These levels surpass the sugar limit in Europe, where sugar content is capped at six percent.
The sugar control policy is part of a food safety project by the FDA that aims to increase the public’s awareness in nutrition labelling.