Wednesday, 20 October 2021 | 13:32 WIB

Reading Nutritional Content Label Should be Mandatory

Ministry of Health appealed to people to consider it mandatory to read food packaging before consuming.

JAKARTA, NNC - Director of Community Nutrition at the Ministry of Health Doddy Izwardy recommends that people should consider it mandatory to read food packaging before consuming.

"It is important for people to get used to reading food labels, 'nutritional facts', as well as messages or health warnings in the packaging or cans," Doddy said.

He explains the benefits of getting used to reading labels, health information and warnings, being able to find out the content of what is contained in the products to be consumed in order to weigh in on the benefits and risks to the body.

The Total Diet Survey (SDT) conducted by the Ministry of Health in 2014 found the fact that evenly throughout Indonesia, consumption of sweetened condensed milk became the highest choice in consumption in the dairy and dairy products group.

"In society we find that in practice this product is given to toddlers by brewing or mixing with water so that it resembles milk."

In addition, most people are reluctant to read the packaging and sweetened condensed milk are also promoted or referred to as milk by producers, thus, support society’s assumption that it is a source of milk protein at the most affordable price.

Previously the Ministry of Health has confirmed that sweetened condensed products are not dairy products. Sweetened condensed products contain sugar above 40 percent and harmful to the body when consumed continuously.