Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Food Labelling


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What health-related labelling is present for foods and non-alcoholic beverages?

Food labelling on food packaging has the potential to have both positive and negative effects on diets. Monitoring different aspects of food labelling would help to identify priority policy options to help people make healthier food choices.

A taxonomy of the elements of health-related food labelling has been proposed for INFORMAS. A step-wise approach has been developed for independently assessing the nature and extent of health-related food labelling in different countries and over time.

Module leader is Dr Mike Rayner


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Director, British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention
Nuffield Department of Population Health
University of Oxford, UK
Email: Dr Mike Rayner

Relevant paper

Monitoring the health-related labelling of foods and non-alcoholic beverages in retail settings (pages 70–81) M. Rayner, A. Wood, M. Lawrence, C. N. Mhurchu, J. Albert, S. Barquera, S. Friel, C. Hawkes, B. Kelly, S. Kumanyika, M. L'Abbé, A. Lee, T. Lobstein, J. Ma, J. Macmullan, S. Mohan, C. Monteiro, B. Neal, G. Sacks, D. Sanders, W. Snowdon, B. Swinburn, S. Vandevijvere, C. Walker and INFORMAS

Read the INFORMAS paper online here