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Consumer Understanding and Use of Food and Nutrition Labeling in Turkey.
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PMID:  22770836     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: To determine patterns of food and nutrition labels use by Turkish consumers, and examine constraints on the use of this information. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. SETTING: Twenty-six regions of Turkey. PARTICIPANTS: Consumers (n = 1,536), aged 12-56 years. VARIABLES MEASURED: Level of interest in food and nutrition labels, the perceived sources of information about nutrition, the performance of the food industry at labeling, and sociodemographic factors. ANALYSIS: Descriptive statistics and χ(2) statistics. RESULTS: The uses of food labels and nutrition labels were reported, respectively, by 76.5% and 72.4% of participants. Nutrition label use was significantly associated with sex, age, marital status, educational level, and socioeconomic status (P < .001 for all variables). Barriers to the use of nutrition labels included: the lack of understanding of terms, symbols, and values; poor presentation of the information; and concerns about the accuracy of the information. Consumers who wished to use nutrition labels to make healthful choices demanded a standardized location and format for the labels, as well as simplified information conveyed with comprehensible terms and statements. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: New strategies to encourage the effective consumer use of food and nutrition labels should include educational programs and revision of the label format.
Halit Tanju Besler; Zehra Buyuktuncer; Muhemmed Fatih Uyar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition education and behavior     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1708-8259     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101132622     Medline TA:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Society for Nutrition Education and behavior. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Hacettepe University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sihhiye, Ankara, Turkey.
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