According to Promises made by the manufacturer to be: finished products less sugar?

Must be the iced tea really sweet? And Quark for children? For a healthier diet finished products are to get along with less sugar, fat and salt.

But how is this achieved?

The Federal food Minister, Julia Klöckner (CDU) has won a number of industries for self – commitments and voluntary Commitments show effect, made according to the first data.

However, there is need for more action, especially in the case of products specifically for children. Consumer advocates and doctors are not sufficient, the reductions and the whole procedure.

Manufacturers commit to ingredients Changes

Klöckner said: “It goes in the right direction.” Positive was, that in many cases the total number of calories of the products falls, if sugar be reduced. Background the Cabinet at the end of 2018 decided to “reduction strategy”.

It stipulates that manufacturers have to step ingredients-Changes to 2025 to commit to.

Mostly it’s about less sugar. This should be achieved in Breakfast cereals for children, a Minus of at least 20 percent, in sweetened children-milk products and soft drinks by 15 percent.

This recipes should be changed gradually to avoid the usual taste for the customers to abrupt Changes.

Occasion against taxes: In Germany, 47 per cent of women, 62 per cent of men and 15 percent of children are considered overweight.

Too much sugar, fat and salt, the risk for cardiovascular disease and Diabetes increase. To verify industry’s commitments, the Federal Max-Rubner-Institute (MRI), a first comparative study. The results are now available.

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Sugar content in yogurt back

The sugar content decreased at specially for children advertised yogurt preparations for 2016 to 7.4 percent. But he is more higher than in products that are not marketed for children.

“As the economy adjustments,” said Klockner. In the case of quark preparations “with a children’s appearance,” there was, therefore, a Sugar loss of nearly 18 percent.

In the case of soft drinks, the Institute identified a sugar reduction of 35 percent in the case of products specifically for children, compared to 2018. In the case of regular sodas and Colas, the decline was 0.2 gram per 100 milliliters, but only “very low”.

In the case of frozen pizzas, especially where salt is in the point of view is the span generally speaking, big – in a “Pizza Salami” is significantly more than in a “Margherita”.

Overall had been “no statistically significant reduction in the salt content between 2016 and 2019 found.”

Criticism of the interim balance sheet

Klöckners between the balance met with a criticism. “To reduce the Sugar content of ‘very much’ to ‘too much’ is not a success, but a Declaration of bankruptcy”, complained the consumer organisation Foodwatch.

Green-professional politician Renate Künast said that voluntary commitments of corporations are not sufficient in the fight against much sweet, salty, and oily finished food.

The expert of the AOK-Federal Association, Kai Kolpatzik, called for more effective and, above all, mandatory reduction targets, which are not implemented in five years.

According to a study for the AOK 73 percent of the purchased amount of muesli or Cornflakes exceed the recommendation of the world health organization (WHO) of 15 grams of sugar per 100 grams.

When specifically addressed to children cereals 99 percent of the products purchased were about.


  • Max-Rubner-Institute (2020): product monitoring 2019 – summary and core statements, retrieved on 02.04.2020:

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)

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