Skip to main content
main-content

01.12.2017 | Research | Ausgabe 1/2017 Open Access

Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology 1/2017

Consumer preferences for food allergen labeling

Zeitschrift:
Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology > Ausgabe 1/2017
Autoren:
Carlo A. Marra, Stephanie Harvard, Maja Grubisic, Jessica Galo, Ann Clarke, Susan Elliott, Larry D. Lynd

Abstract

Background

Food allergen labeling is an important tool to reduce risk of exposure and prevent anaphylaxis for individuals with food allergies. Health Canada released a Canadian food allergen labeling regulation (2008) and subsequent update (2012) suggesting that research is needed to guide further iterations of the regulation to improve food allergen labeling and reduce risk of exposure.

Objective

The primary objective of this study was to examine consumer preferences in food labeling for allergy avoidance and anaphylaxis prevention. A secondary objective was to identify whether different subgroups within the consumer population emerged.

Methods

A discrete choice experiment using a fractional factorial design divided into ten different versions with 18 choice-sets per version was developed to examine consumer preferences for different attributes of food labeling.

Results

Three distinct subgroups of Canadian consumers with different allergen considerations and food allergen labeling needs were identified. Overall, preferences for standardized precautionary and safety symbols at little or no increased cost emerged.

Conclusion

While three distinct groups with different preferences were identified, in general the results revealed that the current Canadian food allergen labeling regulation can be improved by enforcing the use of standardized precautionary and safety symbols and educating the public on the use of these symbols.
Literatur
Über diesen Artikel

Weitere Artikel der Ausgabe 1/2017

Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology 1/2017 Zur Ausgabe

Neu im Fachgebiet HNO

Mail Icon II Newsletter

Bestellen Sie unseren kostenlosen Newsletter Update HNO und bleiben Sie gut informiert – ganz bequem per eMail.

Bildnachweise