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Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Online from: 1971

Subject Area: Health Care Management/Healthcare

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How do consumers use nutrition label information?


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Title:How do consumers use nutrition label information?
Author(s):C.S. Higginson, (C.S. Higginson is a Research Specialist based at the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, UK.), T.R. Kirk, (T.R. Kirk is Senior Lecturer, based at the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, UK.), M.J. Rayner, (M.J. Rayner is Head of Group at the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group, Department of Public Health, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.), S. Draper, (S. Draper is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.)
Citation:C.S. Higginson, T.R. Kirk, M.J. Rayner, S. Draper, (2002) "How do consumers use nutrition label information?", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 32 Iss: 4, pp.145 - 152
Keywords:Consumer behaviour, Food, Labelling, Nutrition
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00346650210436253 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Previous studies have shown high levels of self-reported nutrition label use, yet when tested consumers have difficulty in using label information effectively. Using verbal protocol analysis, this study explored nutrition label use directly, identifying the tasks consumers actually undertake, and how these are used to inform choice. The implications of the findings for labelling policy and nutrition education are discussed.



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