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Consumers' knowledge of food label information: an exploratory investigation in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
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PMID:  22672957     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: To determine the ability of consumers to: locate and manipulate food label information; assess the accuracy of nutrient content claims and which health/nutrient claims are allowed; and identify symbols on food labels. Associations pertaining to use and knowledge regarding food label information were also determined for consumers from different demographic and related groups. DESIGN: An exploratory descriptive study was undertaken, employing a face-to-face survey focusing on demographic information, shopping behaviour, nutrition is important beliefs, label use, label knowledge and label preference and information sources. SETTING: Selected public locations in Potchefstroom in the North West Province of South Africa. SUBJECTS: Respondents (n 229) complying with set inclusion criteria were recruited through purposive sampling. RESULTS: The results indicated respondents' general health and label awareness, as most of them (>80 %) could locate label information and identify symbols and specific nutrient content claims although only 53 % were able to calculate the number of servings. Nevertheless, an inability was found to assess the accuracy of some nutrient content claims and permissible health/nutrient claims. More educated, younger, Afrikaans- and English-speaking respondents seemed to be more knowledgeable regarding food label information. CONCLUSIONS: Respondents who were informed about nutrition were also informed about label information, while label reading practices resulted in label-influenced purchasing decisions. Educational programmes on food labels should start with nutritional background that could be implemented by consumers during label reading and purchasing decisions.
Daleen van der Merwe; Magdalena Bosman; Suria Ellis; Hanli de Beer; Annchen Mielmann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1475-2727     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-6     Citation Subset:  -    
1Department of Consumer Sciences, Private Bag X6001, North-West University, Potchefstroom 2520, South Africa.
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