Starting in 2019, Germany will ban the use of sugar in drinks for children called Kindertee, currently designed to hydrate babies and young children.
The intention of the German Minister of Food, Julia Klöckner, is also to promote before the European Commission in Brussels the ban on sweet cookies for children and a brake on the advertising of food products containing sugar in advertisements aimed at minors.
“We have been making recommendations to the food industry for years, we have all kinds of studies that demonstrate the effects of sugar on health and we respect the principle of voluntariness, in fact we hope that companies will voluntarily reduce the amounts of salt, sugar and fat that they include in food. But if not, we will finally have to take action. " Klöckner said.
Joining the minister's initiative for a healthier diet is Jens Spahn, the Minister of Health, who has suggested the regulation of sanctions and fines for companies in the sector that do not meet standards acceptable to the government.
Agreements with the industry
Klöckner is optimistic, he thinks “in being able to reach voluntary agreements with the industry, but it is also good that certain conditions of food production become binding. If there are no agreements, the protection of public health requires additional action ”.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) knows that almost one in four people in that country is obese, considering as obese those who have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30.
Spahn and Klöckner point out that in other countries in recent years measures such as the introduction of taxes on food products high in sugar and calories have already been taken. The World Health Organization has advised a 20% tax.
In Germany, the first measures will be applied to food products intended for children, to try to curb the problem of obesity from an early age. In the last 15 years, the proportion of obese and overweight adolescents in Germany has increased from 11% to 16%, a figure that is alarming.
With information from ABC