Not so sweet warning by Health Ministry
Hotels, restaurants, tea kiosks and cafeterias where sugar is being used as a sweetener are to be advised to display a health warning regarding the excessive use of sugar and the diseases caused by it.
In a bid to minimise the rapid increase of sugar induced diseases like diabetes, the Health Ministry has taken steps to issue guidelines on the consumption of sugar, Health Ministry spokesman W.M.D.Wanninayaka said.
He said according to a circular sent to Provincial Health Services Directors (PDHS) by Health Services Director General Dr. Ajith Mendis, PDHS will take measures to make sure that restaurants and hotels display a health warning prominently, on excessive sugar consumption at their establishments.
They will also be asked to serve sugar separately as opposed to a sweetened cup of tea enabling the consumer to prepare the tea by himself with limited use of sugar, he said.
Mr. Wanninayaka said the DGHS or PDHS have powers to impose these regulations under the Food Act 26 of 1980.
“The objective is to discourage the excessive use of sugar which is the cause for many a non-communicable diseases – diabetes in particular. The health ministry expects the cooperation of the public and the restaurant owners and hoteliers in this exercise. If the expected results were not forthcoming through non-punitive guidelines and instructions the ministry will seek a legal remedy to minimise excessive sugar consumption,” he said.
Courtesy: DM Online
Any special advice by the “know all” ND on this matter?
U really make me sick in my Stomatch.You must have a very boring life if insulting senior citizens gives you so much pleasure as it quite evident from all the unprovoked smart arse remarks that you direct to ND. Come on Udu why does every thing have to be a bitter debate.
AS for the steps taken by the Health dept I think it is a good thing. Obvoiusly the statistics must show that sugar related diseases are on the increase. I am sure ND will give a comment and a good one too. Is’nt that what we are supposed to do in this do.Publish our views and ideas. Not that anything is goig to change. I am sure the people in power don’t even read this coloumn. So why get our knickers in a knot and carry on the way you do. It can’t be too good to carry so much hatred inside some one.Unless as I stated earlier your life is so boring. Or you are a grumpy old man youe self.
Yaluwa, I honestly want additional advice from ND on the subject just as the valuable advice he gave about the milk. I have now learnt that I can only consume either fresh or powdered milk and not the refrigerated stuff and also that I should drink eight glasses of water daily. I did not know this earlier! How ignorant! ND enlightened me through his recent blog on milk. You know his doctor son keeps him in top shape unlike poor AUJ.
Its nice to see that you do have a good side to you as well. After all we are all sri lankans no matter what.While all the westerners are trying to find fault with the way we won the war we should all stand together.
Keep up the good work My friend. I do apologise if I was a bit blunt but I do believe that seniors have a very high place in our society and we should set examples to our kids to respect elders because we do not want our kids to behave like the kids in the west. Have a great day.