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UK industry guidelines on nutrition labelling to benefit the consumer

Michèle Sadler (Michèle Sadler is Consumer Priorities Manager at the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), Watford, UK)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 February 1999



A three‐year consumer research programme, using both qualitative and quantitative techniques, was undertaken to assess whether additional voluntary nutrition information for calories and fat would aid consumers’ ability to use the nutrition information that is given on food packs. A variety of label formats was investigated. The research established that providing information for calories and fat per serving, either separately from the nutrition panel or highlighted within the nutrition panel, and providing Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs) for calories and fat helped to make the nutrition information more accessible to consumers. GDAs were felt by consumers to be new and useful information. The research findings were developed into voluntary industry guidelines by an IGD working group consisting of representatives of manufacturers, retailers, consumer organizations, nutrition scientists and government. The guidelines represent best practice for industry.



Sadler, M. (1999), "UK industry guidelines on nutrition labelling to benefit the consumer", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 99 No. 1, pp. 24-28.




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