A Review of Consumer Awareness, Understanding and Use of Food Based Dietary Guidelines

British Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 106, No. 1, pp. 15-26, 2011

Posted: 20 Jun 2011

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Kerry-Ann Brown

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lada Timotijevic

Independent

Julie Barnett

University of Surrey - Department of Psychology

Richard Shepherd

University of Surrey

Liisa Lähteenmäki

Aarhus University - Department of Marketing and Statistics

Monique M. Raats

University of Surrey

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Objective: To examine the workings of the nutrition-related scientific advisory bodies in Europe, paying particular attention to the internal and external contexts within which they operate.

Design: Desk research based on two data collection strategies: a questionnaire completed by key informants in the field of micronutrient recommendations and a case study that focused on mandatory folic acid (FA) fortification.

Setting: Questionnaire-based data were collected across thirty-five European countries. The FA fortification case study was conducted in the UK, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Results: Varied bodies are responsible for setting micronutrient recommendations, each with different statutory and legal models of operation. Transparency is highest where there are standing scientific advisory committees (SAC). Where the standing SAC is created, the range of expertise and the terms of reference for the SAC are determined by the government. Where there is no dedicated SAC, the impetus for the development of micronutrient recommendations and the associated policies comes from interested specialists in the area. This is typically linked with an ad hoc selection of a problem area to consider, lack of openness and transparency in the decisions and over-reliance on international recommendations.

Conclusions: Even when there is consensus about the science behind micronutrient recommendations, there is a range of other influences that will affect decisions about the policy approaches to nutrition-related public health. This indicates the need to document the evidence that is drawn upon in the decisions about nutrition policy related to micronutrient intake.

Keywords: Food-based dietary guidelines, Consumers, Awareness of dietary guidelines, Understanding of dietary guidelines, Use of dietary guidelines

Suggested Citation

Brown, Kerry-Ann and Timotijevic, Lada and Barnett, Julie and Shepherd, Richard and Lähteenmäki, Liisa and Raats, Monique M., A Review of Consumer Awareness, Understanding and Use of Food Based Dietary Guidelines (2011). British Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 106, No. 1, pp. 15-26, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1868271

Kerry-Ann Brown (Contact Author)

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Lada Timotijevic

Independent ( email )

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United States

Julie Barnett

University of Surrey - Department of Psychology ( email )

Guildford
Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH
United Kingdom

Richard Shepherd

University of Surrey ( email )

Guildford
Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH
United Kingdom

Liisa Lähteenmäki

Aarhus University - Department of Marketing and Statistics ( email )

Haslegårdsvej 10
DK-8210 Aarhus
Denmark

Monique M. Raats

University of Surrey ( email )

Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences
Food, Consumer Behaviour & Health Research Centre
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/SHS/fcbh.html

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