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Nutrition and health claims on healthy and less-healthy packaged food products in New Zealand.
Br J Nutr. 2016 09; 116(6):1087-94.BJ

Abstract

Nutrition and health claims are displayed to influence consumers' food choices. This study assessed the extent and nature of nutrition and health claims on the front-of-pack of 'healthy' and 'less-healthy' packaged foods in New Zealand. Foods from eight categories, for which consumption may affect the risk of obesity and diet-related chronic diseases, were selected from the 2014 Nutritrack database. The internationally standardised International Network for Food and Obesity/Non-Communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS) taxonomy was used to classify claims on packages. The Nutrient Profiling Scoring Criterion (NPSC) was used to classify products as 'healthy' or 'less healthy'. In total, 7526 products were included, with 47 % (n 3557) classified as 'healthy'. More than one-third of products displayed at least one nutrition claim and 15 % featured at least one health claim on the front-of-pack. Claims were found on one-third of 'less-healthy' products; 26 % of those products displayed nutrition claims and 7 % featured health claims. About 45 % of 'healthy' products displayed nutrition claims and 23 % featured health claims. Out of 7058 individual claims, the majority (69 %) were found on 'healthy' products. Cereals displayed the greatest proportion of nutrition and health claims (1503 claims on 564 products), of which one-third were displayed on 'less-healthy' cereals. Such claims could be misleading consumers' perceptions of nutritional quality of foods. It needs to be explored how current regulations on nutrition and health claims in New Zealand could be further strengthened (e.g. using the NPSC for nutrition claims, including general health claims as per the INFORMAS taxonomy) to ensure consumers are protected and not misled.

Authors+Show Affiliations

1School of Population Health,The University of Auckland,Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland 1142,New Zealand.1School of Population Health,The University of Auckland,Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland 1142,New Zealand.1School of Population Health,The University of Auckland,Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland 1142,New Zealand.1School of Population Health,The University of Auckland,Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland 1142,New Zealand.1School of Population Health,The University of Auckland,Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland 1142,New Zealand.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27503596

Citation

Al-Ani, Haya H., et al. "Nutrition and Health Claims On Healthy and Less-healthy Packaged Food Products in New Zealand." The British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 116, no. 6, 2016, pp. 1087-94.
Al-Ani HH, Devi A, Eyles H, et al. Nutrition and health claims on healthy and less-healthy packaged food products in New Zealand. Br J Nutr. 2016;116(6):1087-94.
Al-Ani, H. H., Devi, A., Eyles, H., Swinburn, B., & Vandevijvere, S. (2016). Nutrition and health claims on healthy and less-healthy packaged food products in New Zealand. The British Journal of Nutrition, 116(6), 1087-94. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114516002981
Al-Ani HH, et al. Nutrition and Health Claims On Healthy and Less-healthy Packaged Food Products in New Zealand. Br J Nutr. 2016;116(6):1087-94. PubMed PMID: 27503596.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Nutrition and health claims on healthy and less-healthy packaged food products in New Zealand. AU - Al-Ani,Haya H, AU - Devi,Anandita, AU - Eyles,Helen, AU - Swinburn,Boyd, AU - Vandevijvere,Stefanie, Y1 - 2016/08/09/ PY - 2016/8/10/entrez PY - 2016/8/10/pubmed PY - 2017/5/16/medline KW - FSANZ Food Standards Australia New Zealand KW - FoP front-of-pack KW - Food supply KW - HFT Heart Foundation Tick KW - Health claims KW - INFORMAS International Network for Food and Obesity/Non-Communicable Diseases Research KW - Monitoring and Action Support KW - NCD non-communicable diseases KW - NIP nutrition information panel KW - NPSC Nutrient Profiling Scoring Criterion KW - New Zealand KW - Nutrition claims SP - 1087 EP - 94 JF - The British journal of nutrition JO - Br J Nutr VL - 116 IS - 6 N2 - Nutrition and health claims are displayed to influence consumers' food choices. This study assessed the extent and nature of nutrition and health claims on the front-of-pack of 'healthy' and 'less-healthy' packaged foods in New Zealand. Foods from eight categories, for which consumption may affect the risk of obesity and diet-related chronic diseases, were selected from the 2014 Nutritrack database. The internationally standardised International Network for Food and Obesity/Non-Communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS) taxonomy was used to classify claims on packages. The Nutrient Profiling Scoring Criterion (NPSC) was used to classify products as 'healthy' or 'less healthy'. In total, 7526 products were included, with 47 % (n 3557) classified as 'healthy'. More than one-third of products displayed at least one nutrition claim and 15 % featured at least one health claim on the front-of-pack. Claims were found on one-third of 'less-healthy' products; 26 % of those products displayed nutrition claims and 7 % featured health claims. About 45 % of 'healthy' products displayed nutrition claims and 23 % featured health claims. Out of 7058 individual claims, the majority (69 %) were found on 'healthy' products. Cereals displayed the greatest proportion of nutrition and health claims (1503 claims on 564 products), of which one-third were displayed on 'less-healthy' cereals. Such claims could be misleading consumers' perceptions of nutritional quality of foods. It needs to be explored how current regulations on nutrition and health claims in New Zealand could be further strengthened (e.g. using the NPSC for nutrition claims, including general health claims as per the INFORMAS taxonomy) to ensure consumers are protected and not misled. SN - 1475-2662 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27503596/Nutrition_and_health_claims_on_healthy_and_less_healthy_packaged_food_products_in_New_Zealand_ L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S0007114516002981/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -