From Micronutrient Recommendations to Policy: Consumer and Stakeholder Involvement

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 64, pp. 31-37, 2010

Posted: 2 Aug 2011

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Lada Timotijevic

Independent

Monique M. Raats

University of Surrey

Julie Barnett

University of Surrey - Department of Psychology

Kerry Brown

Queensland University of Technology - School of Management

Richard Shepherd

University of Surrey

Laura Fernandez-Celemin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Livia Dömölki

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Juri Ruprich

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Anne-Mette Sonne

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Maria Hermoso

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Berthold Koletzko

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Lene Frost Andersen

University of Oslo

Arnold Timmer

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

To achieve the nutritional goals stipulated by micronutrient recommendations, greater attention must be paid to the behavioural routes to such nutritional outcomes. Coopting stakeholders and consumers into decisions regarding micronutrient recommendations is an important step towards achieving a greater link between micronutrient recommendations and behaviour. This study aims to examine the rationale and processes associated with consumer and stakeholder involvement in setting micronutrient recommendations across Europe.

Using the contacts established through the Eurreca network of excellence (commissioned by the European Commission), the research involved in-depth desk research of key documents and communication channels linked to the process of setting micronutrient recommendations across seven countries: the United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Stakeholder engagement is recognized by most countries as an important aspect of the process of setting micronutrient recommendations and their translation into policy, although there is notable variation in the extent to which this has been achieved across the seven countries and its effect on final decisions. Stakeholders were not involved at the outset of the process (‘framing’ of the problem) in any of the countries, and there was no evidence of consumer involvement and open public fora.

Some of the key explanatory factors for diversity in the degree of involvement include historical sociopolitical context; the extent to which food and nutrition are key policy agenda; and the relative power of stakeholders in influencing food and nutrition policy.

Keywords: nutrient recommendations, stakeholder engagement, consumer behaviour, public participation, nutrition reference values, nutrition policy

Suggested Citation

Timotijevic, Lada and Raats, Monique M. and Barnett, Julie and Brown, Kerry and Shepherd, Richard and Fernandez-Celemin, Laura and Dömölki, Livia and Ruprich, Juri and Sonne, Anne-Mette and Hermoso, Maria and Koletzko, Berthold and Andersen, Lene Frost and Timmer, Arnold, From Micronutrient Recommendations to Policy: Consumer and Stakeholder Involvement (2010). European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 64, pp. 31-37, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1881543

Lada Timotijevic (Contact Author)

Independent ( email )

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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

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Julie Barnett

University of Surrey - Department of Psychology ( email )

Guildford
Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH
United Kingdom

Kerry Brown

Queensland University of Technology - School of Management ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Australia

Richard Shepherd

University of Surrey ( email )

Guildford
Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH
United Kingdom

Laura Fernandez-Celemin

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Livia Dömölki

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Juri Ruprich

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Anne-Mette Sonne

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Maria Hermoso

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) ( email )

Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
Munich, DE Bavaria 80539
Germany

Berthold Koletzko

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) ( email )

Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
Munich, DE Bavaria 80539
Germany

Lene Frost Andersen

University of Oslo ( email )

PO Box 6706 St Olavs plass
Oslo, N-0317
Norway

Arnold Timmer

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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