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Healthier Choice Symbol Programme
Health Promotion Board
Is the policy document adopted?:
Type of policy:
Voluntary codes or measures relevant to nutrition
WHO 2nd Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016-2017
Summary indicators (e.g. stars, Nordic Keyhole)
Energy value (FOP)
Saturated fatty acids (FOP)
Global database on the Implementation of
Nutrition Action (GINA)
The Healthier Choice Symbol (HCS) on packaged food products indicates that they are healthier options, and this helps consumers to
make informed food choices when grocery shopping. Products carrying the HCS are generally lower in total fat, saturated fat, sodium
and sugar. Some are also higher in dietary fibre and calcium compared to similar products within the same food category.
A variant of the HCS for snack foods, known as the Healthier Snack Symbol (HSS) has also recently been introduced. This category
includes crisps and ice-cream. (...) A variant of the HCS specifically for food service ingredients, known as the Healthier Ingredient
Symbol (HIS) has also recently been introduced. This category includes Oil, Table Salt, Oriental Noodles, Brown Rice, Bee Hoon and
Soups and broth.
New HCS low Glycemic Index symbol for cereal products. (...) Foods carrying the HCS low Glycemic Index Logo must fulfil ALL of the
Food product carrying the logo must meet the low GI claim criteria
The low Glycemic Index logo is only applicable to food products in the HCS cereal category (E.g. mixed rice, noodles, buns,
Must meet all the HCS nutrient guidelines as specified in the cereal category
Total sugars (FOP)
Trans fatty acids (FOP)
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22 January 2019