[8 February/Radio NZ]

Boutique dairy company Lewis Road Creamery had understated the sugar content in its new breakfast drinks. They were labelled as having 3 grams of sugar, when in reality they had about 9 grams. The drinks’ founder, Peter Cullinane, apologised for the genuine mistake and said that Lewis Road had voluntarily removed the products from shelves while further testing took place. The reason for the mistake was that the label only considered added sugar, and not the sugar that naturally occurred in milk, according to Mr Cullinane. A spokesperson for The Dental Association, Rob Beaglehole, said that they were not surprised by the mislabelling and that labelling of sugar in general needed to improve. They wanted drinks to label how many teaspoons of sugar they contain, rather than only how many grams.