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Type: Journal article
Title: Consumers' responses to health claims in the context of other on-pack nutrition information: a systematic review
Author: Talati, Z.
Pettigrew, S.
Neal, B.
Dixon, H.
Hughes, C.
Kelly, B.
Miller, C.
Citation: Nutrition Reviews, 2017; 75(4):260-273
Publisher: International Life Sciences Institute
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0029-6643
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Zenobia Talati, Simone Pettigrew, Bruce Neal, Helen Dixon, Clare Hughes, Bridget Kelly, and Caroline Miller
Abstract: Context: The presence of health claims on food packaging can positively bias consumers' evaluations of foods. Objective: This review examined whether cognitive biases endure when other sources of nutrition information [the nutrition facts panel (NFP) and front-of-pack labels] appear on-pack with health claims. Data sources: The following databases were searched: Web of Science, Ovid, Google Scholar, ScienceDirect, Scopus, ProQuest, and Wiley Online Library. Study selection: The search terms ("health claim*" OR "nutri* claim") AND ("food label*" OR "front of pack") were used to identify studies. Data extraction: Twenty-four studies that examined health claims and front-of-pack labels or the NFP were included. Results: The NFP can reduce bias, but only if consumers view it and interpret it correctly, which often does not occur. Front-of-pack labels show greater promise in reducing bias created by health claims. Conclusions: These findings are relevant to policymakers who are considering the effectiveness of mandating an NFP and/or a front-of-pack label alongside health claims.
Keywords: Front-of-pack label; health claim; nutrition panel; systematic review
Rights: © The Author(s) 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Life Sciences Institute. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail:
DOI: 10.1093/nutrit/nuw070
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