Singapore to ban sugary drink ads in fight against diabetes

Wealthy Singapore has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 October 2019

Singapore to ban sugary drink ads in fight against diabetes

  • Certain high-sugar soft drinks and juices also will be required to bear “unhealthy” packaging labels
  • The ban will apply across television, print, billboards and online channels such as social media websites

SINGAPORE: Singapore will ban advertisements of drinks with high sugar content, media reported on Thursday, as the government seeks to tackle diabetes in the city-state.
Certain high-sugar soft drinks and juices also will be required to bear “unhealthy” packaging labels under the measures rolled out over the next four years, Edwin Tong, senior minister of state for health, was quoted as saying by the Straits Times newspaper and broadcaster Channel NewsAsia.
Singapore’s action appears to go further than measures in Mexico, Britain and Canada which restrict when advertisements for high-calorie food and drinks can be shown on television.
The ban will apply across television, print, billboards and online channels such as social media websites.
Wealthy Singapore has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world, partly caused by its fast-aging population and a culture of eating out at inexpensive hawker centers.
The health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Apple warns China virus will cut iPhone production, sales

Updated 18 February 2020

Apple warns China virus will cut iPhone production, sales

  • Apple says demand for iPhones is also down in China because many of Apple’s 42 retail stores there are closed

CUPERTINO, California: Apple Inc. is warning investors that it won’t meet its second-quarter financial guidance because the viral outbreak in China has cut production of iPhones.
The Cupertino, California-based company said Monday that all of its iPhone manufacturing facilities are outside Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, and all have been reopened. But the company said production is ramping up slowly.
“The health and well-being of every person who helps make these products possible is our paramount priority, and we are working in close consultation with our suppliers and public health experts as this ramp continues,” Apple said in a statement.
The death toll from COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, was 1,770 as of Monday.
Apple says demand for iPhones is also down in China because many of Apple’s 42 retail stores there are closed or operating with reduced hours. China is Apple’s third largest retail market for iPhones, after the US and Europe.
Outside China, Apple said iPhone demand has been strong and is in line with the company’s expectations.
On Jan. 28, Apple said it expected second quarter revenue between $63 billion and $67 billion. Apple’s second quarter ends March 30.
Apple says the situation is evolving and it will provide more information on its next earnings call in April.