All Canadians should have the right to know how much sugar is added to their food;
There is strong evidence that an intake of free sugars less than 10% of total energy intake reduces the risk of being overweight, obesity, and tooth decay;
CFIA states it is unacceptable to use partial truths on food labels, as these are likely to create a false impression, whole truths about added sugar on food labels seem necessary;
The food industry and lobbyists are attempting to protect profits and not public health by lobbying against added sugar on food labels; and
Canadians should be provided with adequate information to follow through on WHO recommendations to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Health to request that you readdress the choice of not having 'added sugars' on the nutrient panel of food labels to support and empower Canadians to make better food choices.
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