28 July 2023

On 30 June 2023, the Ministry of Health (“MOH”) issued a press release on the extension of Nutri-Grade requirements to freshly prepared beverages from 30 December 2023. Details are set out below. 

From 30 December 2023, the Nutri-Grade labelling requirements and advertising prohibitions will be extended to freshly prepared beverages sold at specified settings in Singapore. These measures include the following:

  • Freshly prepared beverages must be graded “A”, “B”, “C” or “D”, according to the Nutri-Grade grading system which is based on the beverages’ sugar and saturated fat content.
  • Materials such as menus that list down toppings such as pearls, jellies, ice cream, and whipped cream, must label a declaration of the toppings’ sugar content.
  • If the freshly prepared or existing Nutri-Grade beverage is graded “C” or “D”, the Nutri-Grade mark must be labelled next to beverages listed for sale, such as on physical or online menus, at their point of purchase. Industry players may use the simplified Nutri-Grade mark on menus where more than one beverage option is listed. The labelling of Nutri-Grade beverages graded “A” or “B” will continue to be optional.
  • Advertisements promoting the sale of freshly prepared beverages graded “D” will be prohibited.

The measures apply to freshly prepared beverages sold in (a) retail settings such as food and beverage outlets, catering establishments, as well as digital platforms, and (b) non-retail settings such as hotels, workplaces, educational institutions, healthcare institutions and childcare facilities.

Additional labelling requirements will also be introduced to beverages under the current Nutri-Grade measures, such as prepacked beverages sold in Singapore and non-customisable beverages dispensed from automated beverage dispensers.

The finalised version of the industry usage guides can be found on the Health Promotion Board’s (“HPB”) Measures for Nutri-Grade Beverages webpage.

Non-compliance with the measures will be an offence punishable upon conviction with a fine not exceeding S$1,000, and in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, a fine not exceeding S$2,000.

Subsidiary legislation

The following subsidiary legislation have been gazetted and will come into operation on 30 December 2023. These subsidiary legislation are available on the Singapore Statutes Online website www.sso.agc.gov.sg:

Reference materials

The following materials are available on the MOH website www.moh.gov.sg and HPB website www.hpb.gov.sg: