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An independent audit of the Australian food industry's voluntary front-of-pack nutrition labelling scheme for energy-dense nutrition-poor foods.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23169468     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Since 2006, the Australian food industry has promoted its front-of-pack (FOP) food labelling system-the Daily Intake Guide (DIG)-as a success story of industry self-regulation. With over 4000 products already voluntary featuring the DIG, the industry argues that government regulation of FOP nutrition labelling is simply unnecessary. However, no independent audit of the industry's self-regulation has ever been undertaken and we present the first such Australian data.
SUBJECTS/METHODS: Energy-dense nutrient-poor (EDNP) snacks were audited at nine Australian supermarkets, including biscuits, candy, ice creams, chocolates, crisps, sports drinks, energy drinks, flavoured milks, sweetened juices and soft drinks. In these categories nutrition labels were recorded for 728 EDNP products in various packaging sizes.
RESULTS: The DIG was displayed on 66% of audited EDNP products but most of these (75%) did not report saturated fat and sugar content. Only generic supermarket EDNP products were likely to display saturated fat and sugar content, compared with very few branded products (48% vs 4%, P<0.001). Branded products not displaying fat and sugar content contained on average 10-times more saturated fat than those displaying such (10% vs 1% DI, P<0.001) and nearly twice as much sugar (21 vs 13% DI, P<0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: Most Australian manufacturers of EDNP products have adopted the DIG; consistent with industry claims of widespread adoption, but almost all still avoid displaying the high saturated fat and sugar content of their products by opting for the 'energy alone' option, violating the industry's own voluntarily guidelines and highlighting serious weaknesses with the industry's self-regulation.
O B J Carter; B W Mills; E Lloyd; T Phan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article     Date:  2012-11-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  67     ISSN:  1476-5640     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-09     Completed Date:  2013-06-24     Revised Date:  2013-11-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804070     Medline TA:  Eur J Clin Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Beverages / adverse effects,  analysis,  economics
Dietary Fats / adverse effects,  analysis
Dietary Sucrose / adverse effects,  analysis
Energy Intake
Fast Foods / adverse effects,  analysis*,  economics
Food Labeling*
Food Quality*
Food Supply / economics*
Food-Processing Industry / economics,  methods*
Guidelines as Topic
Health Promotion / methods*
Nutritive Value
Voluntary Programs
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Fats; 0/Dietary Sucrose
Comment In:
Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013 Oct;67(10):1117   [PMID:  24002040 ]

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