THE Wholesome Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is looking for there to be clear and visual front-of-package warning labels on merchandise, so people could be extra conscious of the dietary content material of the meals they’re buying.
To get this message throughout, the HCC’s youth arm, Wholesome Caribbean Youth, yesterday staged a Name to Motion in entrance of the Frank Walcott statue.
Standing silently on the Culloden Street, St. Michael location, contributors wore shirts and held indicators which learn, ‘Excessive in Sodium’, ‘Excessive in Sugar’, ‘Excessive in Fats’ and ‘CARICOM Leaders We Want Warning Labels Now, Why? Now Extra Than Ever, We Want To Know What Is In Our Meals.’
Chatting with the press, Technical Advisor with HCC, Pierre Cooke, gave background concerning the exercise.
“The concept is for us to ship a sign and present in a really seen method the necessity for front-of-package labelling. It’s to create the wholesome atmosphere for youngsters and simply Barbadian folks basically.”
He added, “The concept of the front-of-package warning labels is that they assist to sign to individuals within the grocery store when they’re shopping for stuff that this meals product is excessive in sugar, excessive in fats, excessive in sodium and we’ve seen fashions of this which have labored in Peru and Chile. Simply to sign to individuals that they should take higher management of their well being and we all know that it’s the responsibility of the Authorities to essentially put techniques in place and create that enabling atmosphere with a purpose to reside more healthy lives.”
In the meantime, HCC’s Undertaking Assistant, Kerrie Barker, said the situation was chosen due to the institutions in its neighborhood, two of that are the Ministry of Well being and Wellness and the Nationwide Insurance coverage Division. She reminded that “NCDs have a major burden on productiveness and life in Barbados, which does have an effect on our financial system”.
Past the day’s exercise, the representatives of HCC will proceed their lobbying. Cooke indicated they “have been having conversations and conferences not solely in Barbados, however throughout CARICOM. So this sort of motion was not solely carried out right here. It was additionally carried out in Antigua and it’s to sign not solely on this nation however throughout the area, there must be a change in client behaviour. The incidences in childhood weight problems and diabetes are usually not solely explicit to Barbados, however we’ve one in three kids being overweight throughout the area and these must be addressed”. (MG)