AT least one local company is moving to reduce the sugar content in its products in light of the burgeoning issue of obesity being the main underlying cause of death in Jamaica, due to fat consumption and daily intake of large quantities of sugar.

Managing director of Seprod, Richard Pandohie, on Tuesday told close to 200 people at the Jamaica Observer Your Health, Your Wealth Symposium that the company has cut its sugar content in beverages by 30 per cent. He said, too, that Seprod is looking at ways to reduce the sugar content of its biscuits and other snacks.

He said: “This is the right thing to do. Our children must grow up with the idea that they must be healthy and productive.”
Pandohie's announcement comes less than a month after the Ministry of Health launched the National Food Industry Task Force (NFITF), which is tasked with formulating strategies to improve Jamaicans' diet and lessen the economic burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), for which the Government currently spends more than $170 million per year to treat.


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