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Global Consumer attitudes to nutrition information on food labels

Following a workshop held during the First World Congress on Public Health Nutrition, global food information organisations shared their insights into consumer attitudes on nutrition information on food labels in different parts of the world.

This podcast debate is moderated by Dr. E. Tee Siong, President of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia (Malaysia) and Dr. Jonathan Back, Strategy and Analysis Unit, Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General (DG SANCO), European Commission (Belgium)


Dr. Josephine Wills, European Food Information Council (EUFIC) provides insights about understanding the European consumers’ views on nutrition information on labels. In the course of her discussions, Jo refers to research conducted by EUFIC which can be found here .

Having qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1981, Jo spent several years in veterinary practice and earned her PhD from the University of Bristol Veterinary School, in 1986.

After several years postdoctoral research at the University of Manchester Medical School, she joined the company Masterfoods, where she worked in science, communication, and regulatory roles for 18 years, latterly as European Head of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for all product categories.

In January 2006, Jo was appointed to Director General of the European Food Information Council, based in Brussels.

Jo has published over 80 scientific papers, edited four books and lectured extensively worldwide.


David B. Schmidt, International Food Information Council (IFIC) outlines the US consumer’s perception and use of nutrition and health information on food labels. During this discussion forum, Dave makes reference to research conducted by IFIC which can be found here .

David Schmidt is the president & CEO of the International Food Information Council in Washington, DC. He is also CEO of the IFIC Foundation. During his thirteen year tenure at IFIC, Schmidt has been a frequent speaker on a wide range of food safety and nutrition issues, in the USA and internationally.

Prior to joining IFIC in 1993, Dave served as the first Bush Administration’s director of external affairs for the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1998, Dave was named as an adjunct fellow with the Georgetown Center for Food and Nutrition Policy in Washington, DC. David also serves on the National Advisory Board for the Center for Risk Communication Research at the University of Maryland and participated on the steering committee on Reinventing Agricultural Education for the Year 2020.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee and has completed graduate business studies at the University of New Orleans.


Francy Pillo-Blocka, Canadian Council of Food and Nutrition (CCFN) explains Canada’s sixth edition of the Tracking Nutrition Trends survey and the perspectives gleaned from this periodic Canadian initiative. A copy of this report can be accessed via this link .

Francy is President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Food and Nutrition. She completed a dietetic internship at the Hospital for Sick Children in 1987 after graduating from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 then earned a nutrition degree from Ryerson University in 1986.

Francy worked as a clinical dietitian at the Hospital for Sick Children for 10 years in many of the program areas doing clinical care and practice-based research. She spent 6 years in corporate development. Of note, she restructured the Specialty Food Shop business and established partnerships resulting in tripling top line and bottom lines sales. She has earned a number of awards for various communication efforts.

Francy was hired at the Canadian Council of Food in Nutrition in November, 2004 based in the greater Toronto area.


Georgina Cairns, Asian Food Information Centre (AFIC) provides an Asian perspective on the issue of consumer attitudes to nutrition information on food labels and packaging.

Executive Director of the Asian Food Information Centre (AFIC), Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore.

After graduating in nutrition and dietetics, Georgina worked as a research dietician on two dietary intervention research projects for the Epidemiology Unit of the Medical Research Council of Great Britain. This was followed by a number of years as a director of a horticultural business with extensive involvement in marketing and communications for the associated trade sector, and an MBA, with specialist electives in communications and social marketing.

Following communications research, development and management positions in tobacco control, and a health promotion foundation, Georgina moved to Bangkok Thailand. She was appointed as Executive Director of AFIC in 2001.

Le Conseil Européen de l'Information sur l'Alimentation (EUFIC) est une organisation à but non lucratif qui fournit aux médias, aux professionnels de la santé et de la nutrition et aux enseignants des informations sur la sécurité sanitaire & la qualité des aliments ainsi que sur la santé & la nutrition s'appuyant sur des recherches scientifiques en veillant à ce que ces informations puissent être comprises par les consommateurs.

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Date de la dernière mise à jour du site : 20/09/2016
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