This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national nutrition policy actions in Malta. Compare Malta with other European countries in our NOURISHING policy index.
Malta implements policy actions in 9 out of 10 policy areas of the NOURISHING framework. A moderate assessment was achieved in only 1 policy area, which related to limits or removal of specific nutrients in food products (I1). This was the highest assessment achieved.
Gaps and weaknesses were identified with regards to limits on sugar-sweetened beverage provision in schools and unhealthy food in out-of-education locations (O). Much more needs to be done to reduce exposure of food marketing and advertising to young people particularly in/around schools but also through other means of marketing (R), increasing nutrition education and skills (G), along with strengthening public food procurement policies by implementing further policy actions within this area (H).
No policy action was identified in nutrition advice and counselling in healthcare settings (N2), therefore, action in this policy area should be prioritised. Greater attention should be given to using financial incentives to increase the availability and affordability of healthy food (U), where a poor assessment also was achieved.
This country snapshot presents detailed results of the NOURISHING policy index for Malta. Full index results are outlined in the NOURISHING policy brief (pdf), which compares Malta with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.
The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the NOURISHING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Malta, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our NOURISHING database.
The policy landscape in any country evolves over time. These findings reflect our knowledge as of May 2023. To provide feedback or suggest updates, please get in touch.