Publications for May/June 2014

15 July 2014

1. INFORMAS has now published a paper to describe the design and methods of the first-ever, comprehensive national survey on the healthiness of food environments and the public and private sector policies influencing them, as a first step towards global monitoring of food environments and policies. This gives a clearer picture on what a national survey on food environments and policies looks like and might help other countries in designing such surveys and monitoring systems. The detailed protocols for each of the modules are under development.


Stefanie Vandevijvere, Boyd Swinburn, for INFORMAS. Towards global benchmarking of food environments and policies to reduce obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases: design and methods for nation-wide surveys. BMJ Open 2014;4:e005339.


The paper is available online open access at: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/4/5/e005339.abstract


2. INFORMAS has now published a paper in collaboration with NIHI to to investigate whether there is a difference in nutritional quality, labelling and promotion between ‘healthy’ and ‘less healthy’ breakfast cereals, and between cereals intended for children compared to other breakfast cereals on the New Zealand market. The standardised taxonomy, recently developed by the INFORMAS and based on Codex food labelling standards, was used to classify the different types of claims used on food packages.


Anandita Devi, Helen Eyles, Mike Rayner, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Boyd Swinburn, Emily Lonsdale-Cooper, Stefanie Vandevijvere. Nutritional quality, labelling and promotion of breakfast cereals on the New Zealand market. Appetite [Article in press].

The paper is available online open access at:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666314002591