HEALTHY MENUS: Caloric content to be displayed
KUALA LUMPUR: GOVERNMENT functions will now display the caloric content of the food being served, in the Health Ministry's latest move to promote healthy living.
Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said a circular would be issued to all ministries soon on "healthy menus during meetings" and "healthy vending machines".
"Government employees should be guided on their eating habits to help combat the rise of non-communicable diseases among Malaysians," he said at the World Health Organisation regional meeting on National Multi-sectoral Plans for Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control here yesterday.
Based on the National Health Morbidity Survey 2011, an estimated 2.6 million Malaysians have diabetes, 5.8 million have hypertension and 6.2 million suffer from hypercholesterolaemia.
Liow said the food, when labelled, would ensure that government servants were more conscious of what they ate.
He said the guidelines served as a recommendation, adding that the ministry would not ban any food from being served.
On another matter, Liow said the Housing and Local Government Ministry was compiling a circular banning the sale of food and beverages by mobile vendors outside the school compound.
He added that his ministry was also drawing up guidelines on food and beverages for children which should be out by the end of the year.