Consumer perception of nutrition and health claimsLast Updated : 01 March 2010
The latest Regulation by the European Commission on nutrition and health claims on foods has now been adopted and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is currently assessing numerous potential claims for their scientific substantiation. In a podcast interview, EUFIC spoke with Prof. Klaus Grunert and Prof. Wim Verbeke, two renowned experts in consumer research, about how consumers perceive different claims in different product contexts.
Relevant scientific publications on health claims, by Klaus Grunert and Wim Verbeke:
Lähteenmäki L, et al. (2010). Impact of health-related claims on the perception of other product attributes. Food Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2009.12.007
Verbeke W, Scholderer J & Lähteenmäki L (2009). Consumer appeal of nutrition and health claims in three existing product concepts. Appetite 52:684-692.
Grunert KG, et al. (2009). Perception of health claims among nordic consumers. Journal of Consumer Policy. DOI: 10.1007/s10603-009-9110-0
Krutulyte R, et al. (2008). Motivational factors for consuming omega-3 PUFAs: An exploratory study with Danish consumers. Appetite 51:137-147.
Definitions of nutrition and health claims according to EC Regulation:
1) ‘Nutrition claim’ means any claim which states, suggests or implies that a food has particular beneficial nutritional properties due to:
the energy (calorific value) it i) provides; ii) provides at a reduced or increased rate; or iii) does not provide; and/or
the nutrients or other substances it i) contains; ii) contains in reduced or increased proportions; or iii) does not contain.
2) ‘Health claim’ means any claim that states, suggests or implies that a relationship exists between a food category, a food or one of its constituents and health.
3) ‘Reduction of disease risk claim’ means any health claim that states, suggests or implies that the consumption of a food category, a food or one of its constituents significantly reduces a risk factor in the development of a human disease.