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Regulating health and nutrition claims in the UK using a nutrient profile model: an explorative modelled health impact assessment

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posted by Research Admin 1 on 14 February 2019

This research uses a number of sources to examine the potential impact of health-related claims (HRCs) on packaging using a nutritional profile (NP) model from Food Standards Australia New Zealand Nutrient Profiling Scoring Criterion (FSANZ NPSC, used to regulate NP in New Zealand and Australia) and a draft EU proposed NP model. The results point towards a regulatary environment (as in New Zealand and Australia) may have negative health consequences: "Regulating the use of HRCs with a NP model (the FSANZ NPSC) would have unclear impacts on population health and could potentially lead to less healthy diets. This is because HRCs are currently more likely to be found on products with a better nutritional profile and restricting their use could shift consumers to less healthy diets." However, they concede that a larger health-impact assessment is neccessary to be conclusive.

This is an open access article and can be read in free full text at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-019-0778-5

Kaur, A., Scarborough, P. and Rayner, M. Regulating health and nutrition claims in the UK using a nutrient profile model: an explorative modelled health impact assessment. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Vol 16:18, 2019