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Asian Experience With Positive Front of Pack Labeling

October 17th, 2019

The four countries in East Asia that have implemented a national positive logo (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei) and the three that are developing one (China, Indonesia, Vietnam) all have presented their progress at the Choices Symposium of the Asian Congress on Nutrition, in August in Bali. It became clear that the existing logo programs show substantial growth, both in the number of logo bearing products as well as in consumer awareness and confidence. These programs certainly are more than just implementing a logo. They also stimulate food product reformulation by the industry and show coherence with other governmental nutrition policies such as consumer education and taxation.
During the same event, Choices has organized a Round Table to bring these seven countries together to discuss further steps. In this Round Table the participants concluded that, while the logo programs and Choices rest on the same principles, more works should be done to create a higher level of coherence in the logo criteria. In addition, scientific collaboration and joint monitoring studies should be encouraged. These items will be discussed in the next Round Table in 2020.  You can find the presentations below:

Choices International Foundation, The Netherlands (Rutger Schilpzand)

Chinese Nutrition Society, China (Prof. Yang Yuexin)

Health Promotion Board, Singapore (Annie Ling PhD)

Ministry of Health Malaysia (Zalma Abdul Razak)

Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand (Assoc. Prof. Wantanee Kriengsinyos)

Health Promotion Council, Brunei (Dr. Norhayati Kassim MB ChB, MMed PH, MSc HPHE)

National Institute of Nutrition, Vietnam (Do Thi Phuong Ha, MD, MSc, PhD)

BPOM, Indonesia (Yusra Egayanti, S.Si, Apt, MP.)

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New study shows positive effects of the Choices logo in the Netherlands 

September 30th, 2019

A recently published study by Sinne Smed et al. (Public Health Nutrition, 2019) investigated the effects of the introduction of the Choice logo in the Netherlands on consumer purchasing behaviour. Despite the abundance of front-of-pack labelling systems, we know little about their effects on purchase behaviour in real market conditions. This is mainly due to the fact that many studies have focused on consumers’ attitudes and not on actual purchases.

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Is India ready to reformulate its food products?

September 23rd, 2019

India carries 40% of the world diabetes burden, one third of its child population is undernourished and half of Indian women are anaemic. In addition, obesity and overweight are on the rise. This country is an emblematic case in terms of the double burden of malnutrition, and its population would definitely benefit from healthier food products.

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