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Development of uniform food information –the case of front of package nutrition labels in the EU

Bottari, Federico and Mark-Herbert, Cecilia (2022). Development of uniform food information –the case of front of package nutrition labels in the EU. Archives of Public Health. 80 :1 , 175
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The current malnutrition epidemic calls for actions. Current practices in the EU show a variety of communication eforts but the international character of food markets call for a harmonized language. The aim of the project is to identify the themes in the on-going debate regarding the development of a single front-of-package nutrition label in the European Union. A case study approach was used, focusing on the positions of diferent key stakeholders in Sweden and Italy. Overarching EU-perspectives, European Commission and European Council of Ministries were also included. Collected data from semi-structured interviews and strategic documents were used in a thematic content analysis. The results show that the stakeholders are infuencing the process towards contradicting outcomes. Diferent stakeholders argue for opposing ideal labelling schemes, while still agreeing on the need for a harmonization. Major disagreements arise on whether the label should be voluntary or not, based on portion or 100g and on the ideal label design. Stakeholders’ positions depend on food system role and previous experience of this type of labelling. The internal political debate in the European Union is still at an early stage and consensus has not been reached due to diverging views. The patterns that emerge from the analysis of the diferent point of views can facilitate the coopera‑ tion between stakeholders and policy-makers.

Authors/Creators:Bottari, Federico and Mark-Herbert, Cecilia
Title:Development of uniform food information –the case of front of package nutrition labels in the EU
Series Name/Journal:Archives of Public Health
Year of publishing :2022
Article number:175
Number of Pages:15
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 303 Health Sciences > Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
Keywords:Farm to fork strategy, Legislative process, Lobbying, Standard, Stakeholder management
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Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Economics
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Deposited On:25 Aug 2022 10:40
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