Food nutrition labelling practice in China.

Yexuan Tao, Ji Li, Y. Martin Lo, Qingya Tang, Youfa Wang

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The present study aimed to scrutinize the food nutrition labelling practice in China before the Chinese Food Nutrition Labeling Regulation (CFNLR) era. Nutrition information of pre-packaged foods collected from a supermarket between December 2007 and January 2008 was analysed and compared with findings from a survey conducted in Beijing. Information collected from a supermarket in Shanghai. A total of 850 pre-packaged foods. In the Shanghai survey, the overall labelling rate was 30·9 %, similar to that found in the Beijing study (29·7 %). While only 20·5 % of the snacks in Shanghai had nutrition labelling, the percentage of food items labelled with SFA (8·6 %), trans fatty acid (4·7 %) or fibre (12·1 %) was very low. Of those food items with nutrition labels, a considerable proportion (7-15 %) did not label energy, fat, carbohydrate or protein. Food products manufactured by Taiwan and Hong Kong companies had a lower labelling rate (13·6 %) than those manufactured by domestic (31·6 %) or international manufacturers (33·8 %). The very low food nutrition labelling rate among products sold in large chain supermarkets in major cities of China before CFNLR emphasizes the need for such critical regulations to be implemented in order to reinforce industrial compliance with accurate nutrition labelling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)542-550
Number of pages9
JournalPublic Health Nutrition
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

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Food Labeling
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Food
Trans Fatty Acids
Snacks
Hong Kong
Taiwan
Fats
Carbohydrates

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  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Tao, Y., Li, J., Lo, Y. M., Tang, Q., & Wang, Y. (2011). Food nutrition labelling practice in China. Public Health Nutrition, 14(3), 542-550. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980010002065

Food nutrition labelling practice in China. / Tao, Yexuan; Li, Ji; Lo, Y. Martin; Tang, Qingya; Wang, Youfa.

In: Public Health Nutrition, Vol. 14, No. 3, 03.2011, p. 542-550.

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Tao, Y, Li, J, Lo, YM, Tang, Q & Wang, Y 2011, 'Food nutrition labelling practice in China.', Public Health Nutrition, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 542-550. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980010002065
Tao, Yexuan ; Li, Ji ; Lo, Y. Martin ; Tang, Qingya ; Wang, Youfa. / Food nutrition labelling practice in China. In: Public Health Nutrition. 2011 ; Vol. 14, No. 3. pp. 542-550.
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